How many emails have you received this holiday season that contain links to popular shopping sites?
All of the holiday shopping we do to ensure the Christmas tree is full of presents unfortunately opens the door for scammers to send dangerous emails to our inboxes. With every online order placed, emails related to payment confirmation, delivery status and tracking find their way to your inbox. This is the perfect opportunity for cyber-criminals to send phishing attempts that are disguised as typical online shopping emails that we are all accustomed to. Phishing emails stating that “urgent updates” are needed in order to receive your order in time are especially common. According to an FBI article reporting statistics from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), non-payment and non-delivery scam emails from 2021 cost unsuspecting shoppers more than $337 million, and credit card fraud accounted for $173 million. Because the volume of transactions increases this time of the year, people tend to pay less attention to the details that are present in an email. This makes it easier for people to fall victim to phishing attempts.
Let’s try to change some of these trends this holiday season. Here are some tips that can help you protect yourself from the numerous phishing attempts that you will see in your inbox:
By considering these five tips and remaining extra cautious when checking your inbox, you will be protecting yourself from the countless phishing emails being sent this holiday season. Here at Blackink IT, we go the extra mile when it comes to the safety of your inbox; from providing company-wide security awareness training to implementing industry-leading email security, the experts at Blackink will be able to keep your organization safe and productive so that your holiday season is indeed the most wonderful time of year! Contact us today.
Written by Deandra, Security Specialist at Blackink IT