US consumers are encouraged by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be wary of malicious campaigns and scams that usually start targeting during each year's holiday season.
"As this holiday season approaches, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users to be aware of potential holiday scams and malicious cyber campaigns, particularly when browsing or shopping online," CISA said.
"Cyber actors may send emails and ecards containing malicious links or attachments infected with malware or may send spoofed emails requesting support for fraudulent charities or causes."
The Europol, as well as government agencies from the United Kingdom [1,2] and Australia have all issued their own warnings about holiday-themed fraud at one point or another in the past, just as the FTC did and the DHS previously in 2017 and 2018.
The Holydays Are A Busy Season For Scammers Too
A first sign of what's coming was revealed by Emotet's operators who pushed out new spam templates inviting potential victims to a neighborhood party on Halloween. While those emails promised a treat, in reality, the Emotet campaign would trick its targets into installing a malicious payload.
Consumers have been constantly targeted by fraudsters who frequently take advantage of the holiday season to push themed scams via online advertisement, misleading sales calls, phishing emails, and text messages.
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