Day 1 – Holiday Phishing Scams

 

Description

In McAfee's recent blog, we described phishing as: the act of tricking consumers into revealing information or performing actions they wouldn’t normally do online using phony email or social media posts. Cyberscammers know that most people are busy around the holidays so they tailor their emails and social messages with holiday themes in the hopes of tricking recipients into revealing personal information.

  • A common holiday phishing scam is a phony notice from UPS, saying you have a package and need to fill out an attached form to get it delivered. The form may ask for personal or financial details that will go straight into the hands of the cyber scammer.
  • Banking phishing scams
  • Smishing

 

Contest

What is your organization doing to prevent phishing attacks to your employees or your customers? Examples could be increased education and awareness, purchasing tangent domains (.com, .net, .org), or investing in an upgraded security solutions.  Send us a 2-3 sentence response by 5pm pacific @ theplace@mcafee.com to enter today's contest for an Amazon Kindle.

 

 

Contest Details and Conditions

  • Contest runs from Tuesday, December 13 at 10am through Friday, December 23 at 5pm PST.
  • Each day's entries will qualify for one of 9 Kindle prizes
  • Participants must be current McAfee customers to be eligible.
  • The scam of the day will be posted by 10am PST and participants will have until 5pm PST to email contest entries to theplace@mcafee.com.
  • Winners will be randomly selected from all entries of each day’s contest.

 

 

Winning entries will be posted in the contest blog on 12/27, though any name, organization, or identifiable information will be removed prior to posting.  Winners will be contacted via email for shipping information.