12 Days of Phish-mas: A Festive Look at Phishing Examples

12 Days of Phish-mas: A Festive Look at Phishing Examples

The holidays are synonymous with cold weather, good food, and spending time with family. But for cybercriminals, it’s a lucrative time of the year for phishing attacks. We’ll explore more than a dozen phishing examples you can learn from to avoid falling for cyber scams in the 2021 holiday season (and in the year 2022 to come)!

It’s that time of the year: Christmas decorations can now be found virtually everywhere you go and holiday sales abound online. But this time of the year also has a dark side — it represents a great opportunity for cybercriminals to carry out phishing scams on unsuspecting holiday shoppers.

According to Barracuda, the holidays are a time when phishing-related cybercrimes spike. Their data shows that in 2020, spearphishing attacks increased by more than 150% above average in the days leading up to Christmas and then those rates fell significantly following the holiday.

But the reality is that phishing scams aren’t limited to just the holiday season, and they’re not limited to targeting only shoppers. It’s no surprise that cybercriminals love to use phishing scams as a way to take advantage of unsuspecting or cyber ignorant users. As I recently discussed in a recent interview with PrivateInternetAccess.com, cybercriminals love to focus on the “soft” targets within your business — people they can trick, coerce, or manipulate into making a big mistake (such as giving them your login information or making a fraudulent payment to them).

But what are some common signs of phishing? We’ll explore phishing email examples and other common scams you’re likely to receive via phone calls (vishing) and text messages (smishing) long after the holiday season has passed. We’re only going to share 1-2 examples for each topic because this article will otherwise get out of control very quickly. With all of this in mind…

Let’s hash it out.

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