Beware Black Friday scams

Mimecast has warned that Black Friday is a busy time for cybercriminals, who are using a wide variety of scams to steal money and sensitive information from shoppers.

The company said it is important that companies take appropriate measures to ensure systems and employees are protected on Black Friday.

One of the scams used by cybercriminals is fake domains and subdomains which mimic legitimate ecommerce websites.

“We discovered 4,000 suspicious Amazon domains and subdomains, and more than 100 live attacks targeting Amazon customers over 11 days in July,” said Segasec CEO Elad Schulman.

“We can assume that Amazon was unaware of these phishing scams that were targeting their customers to steal sensitive information under the brand’s name,” he said.

Black Friday Tips

Mimecast has provided 5 tips to help consumers to safeguard themselves against Black Friday scams.

  1. Do your shopping on a secure network – To keep your information like your name, address, credit card and devices safe, always connect to a secure network.
  2. Don’t click on pop-up ads. Go directly to the vendor’s website or even better, go to their app.
  3. Use a unique password when signing up for vendor rewards.
  4. Delete any amazing deals with attachments. Vendors will include their deals directly in an email, so don’t download an attachment, as it may contain malware.
  5. Do not forward vendor emails to your friends, family or colleagues. Have them go directly to the source.

Now read: Where to find the best Black Friday 2019 deals in South Africa

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