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Scam Alert: Cyber Monday Is Scammer Haven!

Written by Jordan Weber | Tue, Nov, 21, 2017 @ 15:11 PM


We're kicking off a new weekly blog series called Scam Alert! Each week, we'll notify you about an ongoing phishing campaign. Feel free to share this information with friends, family and coworkers. The best defense against phishing scams is education. Follow this series every week to get a better idea of the scams that are out there and the best methods to identify and avoid them. 

Weekly Scam Alert: Cyber Monday Is Scammer Haven!

The majority of consumers aware of online phishing scams, but still may fall victim this cyber Monday... So here is your Scam Of The Week!

DomainTools, a leader in domain name and DNS-based cyber threat intelligence, released the findings of their 2017 Cyber Monday Phishing Survey this week.

The survey results highlighted that two in five U.S. consumers have fallen victim to an online phishing attack, despite the fact that 91 percent are aware of the existence of these spoofed websites or emails of trusted brands.

As the holiday shopping season approaches, 92 percent of all consumers shop online and about half are planning to shop online on Cyber Monday, exposing an opportunity for malicious hackers to strike. DomainTools has illustrated its key findings in an InfoGraphic:

"Cyber Monday has grown in popularity year over year, and unfortunately, so has phishing and online counterfeiting. A range of techniques are used to trick shoppers into visiting a fake website or clicking on a malicious link.

This can result in a shopper unintentionally sharing financial and personal information with these criminals or even downloading ransomware," said Tim Chen, CEO of DomainTools. "As shoppers search for Cyber Monday deals, it's important that they remember to look closely at links and email addresses before clicking. If something seems too good to be true, it may instead be very fake and very bad."

I suggest you send this reminder to your users. You're welcome to copy/paste/edit

"Cyber Monday Is Scammer Heaven"

"It's Holiday Season for the bad guys too! But not the way you might think. They go into scam-overdrive mode. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest on-line shopping days and they are out to get rich with your money. So what to look out for?

At the moment, there are too-good-to-be-true coupons that offer complimentary phones or tablets all over sites on the Internet. Don't fall for it. Make sure the offers are from a legitimate company. While we're at it...

Watch out for alerts via email or text that you just received a package from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail, and then asks you for some personal information. Don't enter anything. Think Before You Click!

So, especially now, the price of freedom is constant alertness and willingness to fight back. Remember to only use credit cards online, never debit cards. Be super-wary of bulk email with crazy good BUY NOW offers and anything that looks slightly "off". If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company, nix that card and get a new one.

Happy Holidays!"

Would you like to learn more about phishing scams and malware? Check out our Ultimate Guide To Fending Off Phishing Attacks for more information. A single phishing attack has the potential to cripple an office IT network within minutes. All it takes is a single click on the wrong email. Stay informed, and stay safe!
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