Researchers at Checkpoint recently discovered in the last four weeks the number of 'special offers' related phishing campaigns have nearly spiked in size.
The first half of November already showed an 80% increase in phishing campaigns relating to sales & shopping special offers. Some of the emails include phrases such as, "special", "offer", "sale", "cheap", and "% off". According to Checkpoint, "1 out of every 826 emails is a phishing email related to November shopping days, compared to less than 1 in 11,000 phishing emails at the start of October."
In a span of two days last week, the amount of weekly “special offer” phishing campaigns was already higher than during the whole of the first week of October. Below is an example of one of the 'Weekly Special Offers':
As you can see, the phishing email looks nearly similar to a spam marketing email you would normally receive in your inbox during this holiday season. It's important to educate your users during this time of the common scams. New-school security awareness training can ensure your users can be proactive in reporting any suspicious email.
Checkpoint Research has the full story.