In the constant use of the Internet, we are frequently exposed to cyber scams that threaten our security. However, at Christmas the risk increases even more if possible. It is a time marked by certain customs that scammers take advantage of to try to deceive us: online purchases, sending congratulations, solidarity campaigns...
Going in a hurry, carelessness or being too trusting can play tricks on us. Therefore, in order to protect our information and our devices as much as possible, it is important to know what the most common cyber scams are during Christmas and how to avoid them.
This type of cyber scam is included in the phishing technique, through which scammers send a message or email posing as a courier and parcel company. The content of the message usually announces an error in the delivery of a package, urging the user to access a link under the pretext of updating information or even paying a fee for shipping costs.
But the reality is that it is a fraudulent link, which can download a virus to your device or direct you to a fake website where your information and personal data are stolen. Given that at Christmas the volume of online purchases increases, as well as the receipt and sending of packages to people around us, we are more exposed to falling into the trap.
They consist of sending offers by message, email or advertising on web pages, where irresistible offers are announced that capture our attention. When accessing, we can enter a false website where our personal data or banking information is stolen, as well as be scammed for paying for an alleged offer that is not true.
During these dates it is common for us to collaborate in solidarity campaigns, so scammers take the opportunity to impersonate associations and organizations in order to steal our money or personal information.
At Christmas we received a flood of congratulations by messages and email. Be very careful, because if you open or download a fraudulent one, you could be downloading a virus, malware or spyware that infects your device.