Infographic: A Christmas Carol: Scam Edition

‘Tis the season to be scammed: McAfee survey shows cybercriminals target Canadian shoppers in-store, online and through mobile 

A new survey from cybersecurity company McAfee, called A Christmas Carol: Scam Edition, found 40 per cent of Canadians have been a victim of, or know someone who has been a victim of, email phishing in 2019. While email was the most popular vehicle for hackers, robocalling (39 per cent) and text phishing (30 per cent) also ranked highly.

Of those who lost money to a scam, 65 per cent lost more than $100 and 33 per cent lost more than $500. A new trend that may hit unsavvy consumers hard this holiday season is phony gift cards. McAfee’s advanced threats team says phony gift cards are being sold on the cybercriminal underground. The survey found that not even one-third (29 per cent) of respondents are aware of bogus gift cards.

McAfee listed several tips that can help consumers shop safely this holiday season:

  • Stop and pause. Instead of clicking on a link in an email, it is always best to check directly with the source to verify an offer or shipment.
  • Browse with security protection. Use comprehensive security protection, like McAfee Total Protection, which can help protect devices against malware, phishing attacks and other threats. It includes McAfee WebAdvisor, which can help identify malicious websites.
  • Use a tool to help protect your personal information. A solution like McAfee Identity Theft Protection takes a proactive approach to help protect identities with personal and financial monitoring and recovery tools to help keep identities personal and secure.

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