E-mail scams, Internet scams, and Phishing attacks have risen significantly recently.
Threats may include:
- Unsolicited shipping notifications that may actually be scams by attackers to solicit personal information (phishing scams)
- Electronic greeting cards that may contain malicious software (malware)
- Requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams or solicitations from sources that are not real charities
- False advertisements for holiday accommodations or timeshares
Suggested preventive measures to protect against phishing scams and malware campaigns include:
- Do not click on web links in untrusted email messages.
- Using caution when opening email attachments. Check out the Using Caution with Email Attachments Tip for more information on safely handling email attachments.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams. Use the links there to verify a charity’s authenticity before you donate.
- Read the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks Tip.
- Refer to the Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices Tip for more information on protecting personal mobile devices.
As always, feel free to contact us or your IT Support personnel for more information.