Consumers will shell out $23.4 billion during the Thanksgiving-Cyber Monday weekend, a 19.5% increase from last year, according to Adobe Digital Insights (ADI). Cyber criminals are certainly aware of this.
Get ready for the scams.
Cyber criminals are opportunists. The upcoming holiday season is quite the opportunity.
With online shopping reaching new heights every year, and the upcoming Thanksgiving/Cyber Monday weekend poised to be an absolute shopping extravaganza, cyber criminals are expected to be out in full force trying to get in on the e-commerce action.
Cyber threats to look out for this holiday season
Expect a bevy of scams, bogus websites, and fraudulent alerts and emails.
Some threats to look out for:
- Delivery notices from such services as UPS and FedEx asking for personal information.
- Malicious mobile apps that promise big savings.
- Phishing emails asking for sensitive information.
- Fake websites and landing pages.
Safety tips for the holiday season
Here are some easy-to-follow tips for staying safe online during the holiday season:
- Look for HTTPS in the address bar when viewing and interacting with a website.
- Avoid clicking on hyperlinks in emails. If you’re interested in a deal or offer, go directly to the company’s website or give them a call. If you want to check on a delivery, go to the service’s website and inquire there.
- Be very wary of attachments in emails.
- Try to use credit cards instead of debit cards online.
- Monitor your credit card and bank accounts. Call your credit card company/bank immediately if you think you’re the victim of a scam.
- If it sounds too good to be true, tread carefully.
- As always, think before you click!