Beware of Cyber Monday Scams

As a result of the heightened awareness effort with the financial industry and with the holiday season here, you can protect yourself by being more cautious with websites you visit and with how you manage your emails.

Most SPAM or Phishing emails are normally an invitation from someone you don’t know and contain web links that look legitimate, but actually take you to a malicious website that infects your computer with a virus.

Don’t Fall Victim to Scams

Here are some of the various spam subject lines being used to try to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment:

  • Subject: Get a $10 Gift Card Today Only (see details inside) 
  • Subject:  The Must-Have Shopping App for Cyber Monday
  • Subject:  Cyber Monday DOOR BUSTERS start online NOW Plus, FREE shipping!
  • Subject:  Cyber Week Sale
  • Subject:  Confirm Your Subscription
  • Subject:  New Cars Deeply Discounted
  • Subject: You have received a Christmas Greeting Card!
  • Subject: Cash for the New Year
  • Subject: Xmas Loan offer

7 Ways You Can Help Prevent Cyber Security Attacks

  1. Do not open attachments or click on web links within emails unless you are sure the message is from someone you know and trust. Doing these things with unsolicited email is often the “key” method attackers gain control of your computer or infect it with a virus or other malware.
  2. Only go to reputable or “known” websites.
  3. In most cases, the best approach to dealing with suspicious messages is to simply delete them.
  4. Do not click on web links from unknown senders.
  5. Make sure your antivirus program is up to date and that you have current patches for your computer system.
  6. Never reply to unsolicited emails or pop-up websites asking for sensitive personal information.
  7. If you are uncertain about an email you received from a company, protect yourself by going directly to the company’s website or contacting the company directly via phone rather than using a link provided in the email.


The integrity of your privacy and computer security depends on your judgment with these messages. To read more about how to protect yourself online, read the Cyber Monday Scams article published by the Department of Homeland Security.


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