Easter Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

04/11/2017 10:35 AM EDT

Original release date: April 11, 2017

As the Easter holiday approaches, US-CERT reminds users to stay aware of holiday scams and cyber campaigns, which may include:

  • unsolicited shipping notifications that may actually be scams by attackers to solicit personal information (phishing scams)
  • electronic greeting cards that may contain malicious software (malware)
  • requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams or solicitations from sources that are not real charities, and
  • false advertisements for holiday accommodations or timeshares.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when reviewing unsolicited messages. Suggested preventive measures to protect against phishing scams and malware campaigns include:

  • Do not click web links in untrusted email messages.
  • Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams. Use the links there to verify a charity’s authenticity before you donate.
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