Many cyber criminals have created holiday-tagged URLs advertising major deals on holiday gifts to attract spenders and access their credit card information. This problem has become so pervasive that the United States government recently issued a statement warning residents to be wary of holiday scams including fraudulent, holiday-tagged URLs and phishing emails. Holiday phishing emails come disguised as shopping deals, holiday E-Cards, or donation campaigns for fake charities and causes.
These scammers have become expert at making their fake websites and emails look like the real thing. By clicking a link on an email to a phony, holiday-tagged site or stumbling upon one in your search for the next best deal, you could be falling into a cyber criminal’s trap. If you enter any personal information, such as your credit card details, these criminals could get a dangerous hold on your credentials.
So, while you trim up the tree, be sure to look out for holiday-tagged, malicious URLs and phishing emails when shopping online. Here are some tips to follow before clicking checkout this holiday season:
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