With the health problem and the explosion of e-commerce activities, 28% of worldwide people prefer to make their purchases online. Cybercriminals take advantage of this to extort money from them. Online scams are estimated to be more common around Christmas and the end of the year. Thus, businesses and consumers must remain vigilant.
The holiday season is very buoyant for online sales activities. It is also for acts of cybercrime. In fact, the months of November and December represent a quarter of the scams committed during the year. Hackers are implementing all the solutions at their disposal to slip into this exploding flow. Attacks mainly take the form of phishing email campaigns, ransomware attacks, or fraudulent websites promoting special offers. Hackers look for credit numbers that allow them to access and empty accounts. They also look for personal information such as usernames, passwords, frequently visited sites, etc.
Do not lower your vigilance!
With the holiday season approaching, consumers and businesses alike are caught in the frenzy of careless Christmas shopping. In November and December, the following products are used by cybercriminals to scam their targets. You have to be very careful while shopping.
End of year celebrations
Products for fireplaces and wood stoves
Christmas goes hand in hand with winter. Therefore, heating is the most pressing need for the French. With the rise in the price of gas and electricity, consumers prefer a more economical heating method such as a fireplace or a wood stove. Unfortunately, internet criminals have recognized this need. Cyber-attacks on the sale of pellets or wood have become more and more frequent since the start of winter. But the way of doing it is nothing new. Cybercriminals stay with the basic scam like bank card hacking, undelivered or non-compliant products. But in some cases, they can go as far as emptying bank accounts.
Games and toys
At the beginning of December, the internet scams are very clearly targeting French people who are planning to buy Christmas presents for their children. Thus, the acts of fraud concern games and toys. To do this, cybercriminals also use classic scam techniques.
Products for the diet
Ahead of the holiday season, many people follow a diet to prepare well and make the most of the Food Marathon. Cybercriminals offer these people products that allow them to lose weight for a limited time. However, the risk for consumers is not only not having their product delivered or having their bank card hacked. Here the risk is the effect of harmful or counterfeit products on health.