Dynamic Business Logo
Home Button
Bookmark Button

Christmas spam on the rise

Consumers are being warned to be extra wary online this festive season, with spammers hard at work generating Christmas-related spam to target unsuspecting consumers.

The Symantec Security Response Team has detected a number of Christmas-related spam doing the rounds including gift shopping offers, greeting cards and courier services. Many of them have Christmas-themed key words in the header to entice users to open emails. Examples of festive-themed headers include:

Subject: Merry Christmas
Subject: Delight a child with a personalised letter from Santa
Subject: Personalised Christmas Gifts for Everyone on your list
Subject: Surprise your child with a gift delivered straight from the North Pole
Subject: Photo Christmas Cards – Fast Shipping
Subject: Christmas e-Card from Online Banking Team

Symantec advises Internet users to follow best practices to avoid falling victim to spammers. Here are some basic tips:

  • Do not click on suspicious links from emails.
  • Check the URL of the website and make sure that it belongs to the brand.
  • Type the domain name of your brand directly in your browser rather than following any link.
  • Frequently update security software.
Jessica Stanic

Jessica Stanic

Jessica has a background in both marketing and journalism and is dedicated to making the website the leading online resource for small to medium businesses with ambitions to grow.

View all posts