Malware authors, fraudsters, phishers and scammers are everywhere, especially during holiday seasons. They create several techniques to try to earn your trust, coaxing you to use their fraudulent websites and enter login credentials. Some scammer will exploit not only a company name, but also the domain name or URL of a popular business, where others will create malware or fake and rogue software.
Scammers will use widely used online services or products to trick people, such as search engines, instant messengers, social networking services, web-based email providers and more. They will even send out promotional unsolicited messages (spam) or fake notifications to email addresses to defraud people. The image at the right is an example of a scam message that is targeting Facebook users.
It is no secret that scammers are most active during Christmas, Valentine’s Day, tax days and other public holidays. They can even use a URL similar to an airline so that travelers will fall for their dirty work when checking online booking or refund status.
Another scam to watch out for is phony e-card websites. Friends, family or colleagues usually send online greeting cards during holiday seasons. You should know that there are fake e-cards that can infect your computer with malware or steal your data.