Shopping Online for Christmas? Stay Aware of the Phishing Attack. What is a Phishing Attack? and How does it affect while shopping online?
Christmas is a time where we all are online more than usual to do shopping or to design invites or find recipes to have a decorative Brussel plate.
One of the biggest celebrated festivals Christmas is around the corner and people are busy online to buy cool stuff. Whether a bottle of wine, food, or cute goodies for the guest. According to the Delloite holiday retail survey, 65% of shoppers in 2020 chose to do their Christmas shopping online rather than in-store to avoid the crowd.
Not having to face shopping crowds and online shopping giving an opportunity to shop easily has made us all an opportunity to shop easily to go for hassle-free shopping, however, typing your credit card/debit card details multiple times a day can add a pile of emails that can leave us vulnerable to some threatening online work.
One such threat is Phishing.
What is Phishing Attack?
Phishing is one of the methods used by cybercriminals to steal sensitive data from people online. Phishing can be performed by using emails, messages, advertisements, or web pages, which encourage the users to take action. We have also written some blogs on phishing so do have a look on to.
Amazon and PayPal Email Scams
One of the most common phishing emails you’ll find at this time of year, where people are shopping online.
These companies have some trustworthy reputation we are probably believing in and making them trustworthy phishing email.
Also, the scammer has become so many experts in creating phishing scams that they use some templates, logos, and color palates to lure the individual.
Images a hacker gaining access to your Amazon account, where you have your card details saved and 1-click order by which a hacker can order hundreds of products online also changing the passwords and blocking you out.
You should always be suspicious of the orders you haven’t ordered, transactions you haven’t made.
You should always have a check on your account and check for recent orders and payments.
How to spot fake branded emails?
- Check the sender’s email:- You should always check for the sender’s email address. An email ending in amazon.co.uk may be legitimate but @amazon-product-service.co.uk.com is not.
- Look for grammatical errors and spellings:- While looking at the email one should always look at the grammar and spellings, because reputed companies always have a team to have great customer satisfaction.
- The email may ask for something suspicious like OTP, password, username, or credit/debit card details, As the reputed companies never ask for this type of information.
- With all you should also look for the images used in the email.