As Easter holiday is approaching, cybercriminals increase their cybercrime activity during this holiday season to get consumer’s personal information and cause financial damage. Generally, cybercriminals choose to exploit those who are unaware of cybercrimes and eventually gain access to their personal information. US-CERT just reminds internet users to be cautious while browsing online. It’s no secret that hackers attract online shoppers by using various methods i.e. phishing emails, fake advertisement and phony websites.
Keep in mind that phishing emails may contain malicious links or attachments. And users sometimes mistakenly click on malicious advertisements. Also, fake e-mails and fraudulent posts on social media sites may lead to data theft. In order to avoid such scams, you can take following actions.
- Be sure to ignore unsolicited links or download attachments from unknown sources.
- Learn more about shopping safely online and protecting personal internet-enabled devices.
- Ignore electronic greeting cards that may contain malicious software
In case you feel like you’re a victim of a Holiday Phishing scam or Malware campaign, just follow the actions discussed below.
- File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
- File a report to the police and Federal Trade Commission.
- Contact your financial institution instantly.
- Change your passwords immediately and don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.