Alert: “Shipping Problem”
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are done and over with
(anyone else breathing a sigh of relief?).
Online retailers have taken the lead in sales: WalMart in the U.S. said Thanksgiving was its 2nd biggest day ever for online sales, and U.S.Target’s online buying was up 40% over last year.
This is the time of the year that people all over the world buy, buy, buy because they are able to find amazing deals, and they’re dying to get their hands on their new purchases.
However, just because U.S. Thanksgiving is over, doesn’t mean you’re safe from online scams.
Criminal hackers keep track on the holidays just like us, a “scam calendar” if you will.
Their calendar focuses on events just like this. They are prepared, and have scam campaigns planned and ready to roll starting TODAY, for the rest of the month.
These malware campaigns are not discriminatory – they target home and office computers with equal enthusiasm.
Roughly a billion of these criminal emails are sent EACH DAY.
Cyber-Scammers are preying on people that have just made a lot of online purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Following are just a few of the scam campaigns being sent right now:
1. “Shipping Problem” emails supposedly from FedEx, UPS, US Mail, or Canada Post:
The email claims they tried to deliver a package from (for example “Apple Computer”) but could not deliver due to an incomplete address. They ask you to “Please click on the link to correct the address, and you will get your package.” If you click on the link, your computer will get infected with malware. Warn everyone in the company, family members, and especially teenagers.
2. Alerts via a TEXT to your smartphone that asks you to “confirm delivery” from FedEx, UPS, U.S. Mail, or Canada Post.
They then ask you for personal information. Don’t enter any information.
3. Email supposedly from a major retailer stating that a mistake was made and they owe you a refund.
It claims that there was a “wrong transaction”. They then ask you to “click for refund”. Your device will be infected with malware. (We sent out an ALERT about this scam a few weeks ago.)
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