The joy of holiday shopping is upon us, but so are cybercriminals looking to take advantage of the season’s online frenzy. While you may have completed your shopping list, the threat of post-shopping scams is far from over. In this blog post, we’ll explore two common scams that cybercriminals employ after you’ve emptied your virtual cart and share essential tips on how to spot and avoid falling victim to these traps.
Beware of Fake Shipping Delays and Unexpected Purchase Confirmations:
Cybercriminals are crafty, and they don’t take a holiday break. After you’ve made your online purchases, you might encounter phishing emails claiming issues with your recent transactions. Two prevalent post-shopping scams involve fake shipping delays and unexpected purchase confirmations. These scams play on a sense of urgency, hoping to catch you off guard and prompt impulsive clicks.
Fake Shipping Delays:
Check for specific details such as order numbers, purchase dates, and payment methods in any related emails claiming shipping delays. If you’re expecting a package, scrutinize the email for authenticity before taking any action.
Unexpected Purchase Confirmations:
If you receive a purchase confirmation for an order you didn’t place, resist the urge to click on any links provided in the email. Instead, open your browser and navigate directly to the retailer’s official website to verify the information.
Tips to Spot Post-Shopping Scams
Verify Order Details:
If an email claims to be related to a recent purchase, cross-check the order number, purchase date, and payment method to ensure accuracy.
Avoid Clicking Links:
Never click on links in emails regarding your purchases. Instead, use your browser to visit the retailer’s official website independently.
Stay Vigilant for Red Flags:
Take a moment to look for red flags, such as emails sent outside of business hours or listing prices in an unfamiliar currency.
By staying vigilant and following these tips, you can safeguard yourself from falling prey to post-shopping scams. Remember to double-check order details, resist clicking on email links, and remain alert for any suspicious indicators.
At the height of this holiday season, take a proactive approach to cybersecurity by investing in KnowBe4 security awareness training offered by Citynet. Empower your employees with the skills and knowledge needed to recognize and thwart cyber threats effectively. Wishing you a happy and a safe holiday shopping experience!