Be Aware of Holiday Phishing
As the winter holidays approach, users must remain aware of seasonal
scams and cyber campaigns, which may include:
- Electronic greeting cards that may contain malware, malicious software
- Requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to be charities
- Credit card applications that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts
- Online shopping advertisements that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts from bogus retailers
- Shipping notifications (UPS, FedEx, USPS) that may be phishing scams or may contain malware.
Users must use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns:
- Refer to the Shopping Safely Online, the Cyber Security Tip for more information on online shopping safety.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
- Use caution when opening email attachments.
- Maintain up-to-date antivirus software on your home personal computers. County computers are constantly updated.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission's Charity Checklist, which provides information on recognizing charity scams
- Verify charity authenticity through a trusted contact number. Trusted contact information can be found on the Better Business Bureau's National Charity Report Index.
- Refer to the Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices Cyber Security Tip for more information on protecting personal mobile devices while traveling over the holidays.