Have Yourself a Scam-Free Christmas

Everyone wants a scam-free Christmas! While many of us look forward to holidays at Christmas, scammers are working overtime. There’s no rest for them as they try to catch you out during the busy festive season. Watch out for these scams in the coming weeks. You may have seen some of them before – scammers don’t hesitate to recycle their scams at Christmas.

Beware of phishing (spam) emails with PDF attachments that contain a malicious link.

These kinds of messages often come from financial institutions. The instructions in the email ask you to click the attachment and provide a range of personal information. Beware. Banks never seek personal information from their customers in this way. This kind of email may not be identified as malicious by your security software as it has no malicious content or links and the attachment does not contain malware.

Do not click the link in the fake company name renewal notice.

A fake company name renewal notice, which looks to be from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is doing the rounds. It contains a link to a renewal letter, and once the link is clicked malware is downloaded which may contain a virus, ransomware or perhaps a keylogger.

Watch for cloned online shopping websites.

The cloning of websites is another way scammers are tricking consumers out of their personal information and hard-earned cash. Department stores are having their whole website cloned and the clone looks just as the real website does. Often it’s the small differences that give things away. For example, it could be the payment process or perhaps a small variation in the URL.

More tips to help you spot scam emails.

Watch for emails with generic greetings, such as ‘Dear Member’. If the email isn’t addressed to you personally, be cautious. If the message asks for immediate and urgent action, or requests your personal details, be suspicious. Watch for bad grammar and spelling mistakes – especially in URLs or links – this is a deliberate trick to avoid email filters.

So, this Christmas, when the time finally comes for you to kick back and put your feet up, remain vigilant when it comes to the care and attention you give to the emails arriving in your inbox to ensure you enjoy a scam-free Christmas.

Here’s some more articles that may be of interest:

What to watch out for in the latest email scams

Whale phishing and how to protect yourself

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Ash Klemm

Ash has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. His journey from a casual salesperson at Chandlers to State Manager at a national IT distribution company, while battling health issues, including a double lung transplant in 2015, gave him the experience, know-how, tenacity, and marketing insight, to find solutions and help businesses grow. After spending several years in the ivory tower of state management, Ash missed the genuine connection of face to face meetings and helping make a difference to businesses in need. His authentic, conversational, and easy-going nature helps our customers feel at ease and shows them we are a brand to trust. Ash spends his days advocating for our customers to ensure they receive the best possible service in a timely fashion. Ash is also the in house chair builder. His curiosity and natural problem-solving ability make him the perfect first call for all our new customers to help determine what is wrong, how Surety IT can help and what the best solutions are moving forward.
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