So, you are set for your holiday shopping? Holiday season is definitely the most awaited one. Everyone waits eagerly for it to arrive. People love to unwind themselves by shopping to the fullest. But, one more thing that people love to do is – being ignorant about online security. Cybercriminals are very smart and know it very well that people are highly vulnerable during holiday season and find it to be the best time to plot their tricks.Â The latest seasonal scam hitting the floor is â€˜Fake Order Confirmation Emailsâ€™.
Fake Order Confirmation Email Scam:Â How it works?
After shopping, people receive unlimited legitimate order confirmation and shipping notification emails â€“ and thatâ€™s the time when cyber criminals play their game.Â Along with legitimate order confirmation emails, spammers inject their fake messages just to confuse the user. Â And, while confirming legitimate orders, the user also clicks on the links injected by the spammers. This is how the spammers trick gullible users into giving up full control over their computers and identities.
If you clicked the link, your computer and your personal details become accessible to the spammers. But if you have calculated things smartly and resisted yourself from the urge to click on the link, you can SAVE yourself from becoming the victim.
How to Stay Safe?
Cybercrimes are highly prevalent and as a user one should not blindly trust and click on any link from emails. The most important thing of all, one should always remember that unsolicited emails are always a big danger. Stay away from it. Here are the signs that you can look out for and avoid being a victim:
- Hover over the link to see the real address.
- Right-click on the email before opening to see from where it comes from.
- Filter out your emails on regular basis, so that scams coming in this form land directly in the junk folder. Links included in scam emails are de-activated on landing in the junk folder.
- Should always look out for grammatical errors or odd expressions to catch the email with false links.
Your security lies completely in your hands. Be careful and look out for suspicious elements in every email or before clicking any link. Read out the guidelines given above carefully and stay safe from â€˜Fake Order Confirmation Emailsâ€™ scams.