It will soon be the holiday season and with all that good cheer and stress, comes the seasonal scammers. Christmas brings a predicable surge in holiday related scams. Scammers know that their success rate will go up for four common scan types.
1. Shipping notifications
Fedex and UPS phishing emails have been around for years. A COVID-19 Christmas, with its associated increased online shopping means they will try to make these emails a Christmas favourite for scammers.
2. Charity Frauds
New Zealand’s COVID mood of “Be Kind” is likely to see many of us thinking about giving a little more to those in need this troubled Christmas. Fraudsters will have their hands out looking to grasp some of that goodwill.
3. Gift Card/Coupon Scams
These are more likely to come out post-Christmas. They are special deals, e.g. goods at a reduced price for a limited time, but you must pay via gift card.
4. Travel Scams
Most of the top holiday vacation spots are already booked out. Watch out for that apartment or house rental that is suddenly available. Your best protection is to use trusted providers like Airbnb.
Protecting against these needs to be on many levels
We recommend tools like Advanced Threat Protection with Office 365 to keep your organisation safer. This scans URL links as you click on them, checking to see if it’s going to carry out malicious activity. DNS scrubbing also checks to see if the link is on list of known malicious sites. Both of these are built into KARE for Security.
Awareness is always an important tool. Spelling mistakes and poor grammar can be good clues to malicious email. Remember that your personal email is unlikely to have the same levels of protection as business email.
Four clues to help spot malicious emails
- The reply to address is a public email domain. Example: @google.com
- The domain name is misspelt Example: @KINET1CS.CO.NZ
- The content is poorly written. Example: “We detected something unusual to use an application”.
- The email creates a sense of urgency. Example: “I need to urgently process your payment”.
Kinetics Christmas Hours
Please note that we will be open as normal for support except for the statutory holidays