Ho Ho Hoaxes


These are the top 5 scams you need to be on the lookout for this holiday season.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials

Remember that when a "special offer" is too good to be true, it usually is. Never click on links in emails or popups with very deep discount offers.

Travel Scams

When staying in a hotel, beware of scammers who use various techniques to obtain credit card information, including fake front desk calls, "free" wi-fi connections and fake food delivery.

Bogus Shipping Notices From UPS and FedEx

You are going to see emails supposedly from UPS and FedEx in your inbox that claim your package has a problem and/or could not be delivered. Many of these are phishing attacks that try to make you click on a link or open an attachment.

Holiday Refund Scams

These emails seem to come from retail chains or e-commerce companies claiming there's a "wrong transaction" and prompt you to click the refund link. However, when you do that, the personal information you give out will be sold to cyber criminals.

Complimentary Vouchers or Gift Cards

A popular holiday scam is big discounts on gift cards. Don't fall for offers from retailers or social media posts that offer phony vouchers or gift cards paired with special promotions or contests.


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