Scam of the Week: Valentine’s Day Phishing Attacks
It is the time of year when cupids and love bugs set out to spread love in the air. Unfortunately, heartless con artists prey on individuals looking for love through social engineering tactics. Disguised as a friendly gift, or even as an alluring woo, phishing scams deceive unknowing romantics more and more every year.
How? By using poetry, flowers, and other gifts , scammers take advantage of their victims by attracting them via email or trolling social media sites and chat rooms. There is a whole industry with planned criminal campaigns that focus on days like today!
There are many ways they aim to entice you. One way is through emails that include a gift/gift purchase deal, but when you click the provided link, malware will release onto your servers — your valuable data now exposed. Another prominent method is a notification of a gift basket delivery where a small credit card fee for the delivery of alcohol is required. Once you input your information, the scammers are able run up charges.
We suggest the following… DO NOT TRUST:
- Emails or ads from online florists or other gift retailers until you are sure they are valid
- Online greeting cards, particularly if it does not indicate the sender
- Special deliveries, there is no special charge for alcohol so there should never be a need to pull out your credit card
- Anyone who indicates he/she is in love with you and wants to communicate immediately via email outside of the dating site, claiming to work abroad, asking for your address, or has poor grammar is a huge indication of a scammer (many romance scams originate in Eastern Europe)
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show your loved ones how special they are to you. If you are a little late and still looking to send a gift to that special someone, or simply notice a gift notification from a ‘secret admirer’, the old rule still applies…
THINK before you CLICK
Happy Valentine’s Day From Your Partners in IT
Nerds Support, Inc.