Each holiday season brings an increasing number of malicious e-mails that cause unwitting recipients unexpected grief.

Why is it so prevalent at this time of year?

Our guard is down

We’re in the Christmas spirit

There is a general increase in “festive and fun” e-mails with attachments

We’ve ordered something online so expect to get delivery messages

and….the perpetrators have nothing better to do!

So what do you need to look out for this year…..

  • UPS/FedEx/DHL missed delivery e-mails – don’t print the attachment it’s a virus
  • The Koobface virus is out there on facebook for anyone opening an invitation to view a festive video on YouTube – open it and it will render your PC useless
  • e-cards – generally be wary of any especially attachments, Hallmark has in the past been noted for its famous “hoax virus” but don’t be fooled as they can and do carry threats. Coca Cola and McDonald’s branded Xmas e-cards can also carry a virus.

These are just a few of the unwanted presents you shouldn’t open this Christmas.

Follow this simple but effective rule.

If you receive an unexpected e-mail – regardless of how plausible it looks, Google the subject header or sender details along with the words virus, scam or spam before you take any action.

That will take you 15 seconds and potentially save your PC.

Have a very merry and safe Christmas

David Laud – Chartered Marketer

‘Tis the Season to be…Scammed
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