The holiday season is a busy time of the year, meant to be filled with family, gifting, and celebrating. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the fun holiday events lures a large threat, holiday scams.
What Are Holiday Scams?
Holiday scams are yearly threats that attack holiday shoppers and sellers typically during the months of November, December, and January. These scams can come in the form of an email, text message, phone call/voicemail, or even through a note left at your doorstep.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported that non-payment and non-delivery schemes cost victims around $282 million a year and is increasing! According to the FBI’s 2022 Internet Crime Report, there were a total of 51,679 holiday scams reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). With the growing impact of AI and current cyber trends, we expect to see a higher rate of successful holiday scams in 2023.
Tips for protecting yourself during the holiday season
Only visit trusted websites
Only donate to reputable charities or organizations that you trust
Protect your accounts
Additionally, we invite you to reference the cybersecurity booklet below and watch the video replay from our prior cybersecurity event to learn more about how to protect yourself.