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It’s again that time of the year when people party in festival season particularly during the Christmas celebration. And it’s the best time of the year for hackers, as they prepare to deliver their holiday gifts like malware attacks and online threats. So, if you are searching the Internet for gifts, presents, or tickets for the vacations, here are listed some of the online scams of festivals like Christmas you got to experience for. Here in this blog post, we are discussing particularly the Christmas.

Online Scams of Christmas

You might experience a lot of websites throwing big discounts and deals for Christmas. It is secure to think that most of these websites might be forged and are advertising bogus products. What should you do?

  1. Only trust renowned online websites.
  2. Do some investigation about the seller website.
  3. Check the security, privacy, and return policy of the website.
  4. Make sure that the website is safe.tumblr_inline_nwlgn356SV1spvpit_540

Fake Holiday Offers

Hackers always try to do some innovative to lure the target. This time of the year, hackers come up with malicious websites that show advertisements about low-priced holiday offers. Most people even get emails and calls about such offers. What should you do?

  1. Only rely on official travel websites that you have been browsing since long.
  2. Run a Google search for some investigation and check if the offer is real or a fake.
  3. Do not give away your personal data to emails or calls.

Charity Scams on Christmas Eve

One of the clear online scams of Christmas is phishing emails about charity. Using Christmas as their lure, online hackers send emails that appear to have come from charitable societies. With emotional requests of helping the needy, these hackers try to lure people into making charitable work. What should you do?

  1. Check the name of the organization, who runs it, and its registered office.
  2. Never reply to emails, calls, or on websites that insist on you to contribute to charity.
  3. If you are uncertain about a charitable organization, Google it, or ask you, family or friends.

Phishing Scams

It is most likely that you will get emails from strangers, known but unidentified sources saying that you have won a Christmas gift, you have to upgrade your account, or your family person has sent you a gift card, etc. These emails might also ask you to download a file or to visit a link to move further. What should you do?

  1. Ignore such kind emails, even if they look to have come from a reputed organization or from known person.
  2. Be quite attentive of such emails when they mentioned about the free gifts, tickets, and money, and tell you to download attachments or visit links.
  3. Report such emails as phishing or spam, or delete them instantly.
  4. If you still think that the email might be somewhat real, do not reply but call up the sender and cross check.

Fake Ticket Scams

We all want free tickets to theaters, musical events, talent shows, sports, and movies etc. And attaching on this love of ours, hackers lure people into paying for invalid tickets via malicious websites or emails. What should you do?

  1. Be it any occasion, always surf its official website to buy the tickets.
  2. If you are using a third party website, make sure that it is popular and well-known.
  3. Google the occasion; if it is real, then you will be able to get some news about it.
  4. Do not purchase tickets by clicking links in emails, or on calls.

Scams of E-Cards

It always feels great to send and receive E-cards during the festive season. At this time of the year, cyber-criminals and hackers send emails to people with E-cards that contain spyware, Trojan, worm, and other infected codes. What should you do?

  1. Do not view or download e-cards sent to you by an unknown user email id.
  2. Even if an e-card looks to have come from a friend or a co-worker, it is always secure to call them up and verify.
  3. If you feel something is fishy or weird about a card, do not continue.

Social Media Scams

As you exchange greetings on FB, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media networks, you might see posts about free Christmas gifts or apps. There might be posts having links of malicious videos on Christmas. What should you do?

  1. Ignore such posts that require you to click on links and surf another website.
  2. Be alert of social media posts that ask for the donation for charity.
  3. Avoid posts that ask to show “Shocking video posts”. These are basically fake and infected.

To sum up, have a trustworthy Internet Security program for your PC like Avira that can stop phishing and malicious websites. The best part of Avira is that it can clean your registry and remove phishing emails also. Contact Avira Tech Support for any assistance regarding installation and configuration of Avira Antivirus. And that would be all for the blog about online scams and ways to deal with them.