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This is the time of year to be extra careful with emails. We are often busy with deadlines during the holidays which can lead us to rush more than normal. This could allow us to miss scams that we ordinarily would catch. Be careful, read questionable emails twice before responding.
This article is short. Take a moment and protect yourself.
If you take one thing away from this article, let it be this:
Slow down. You have to be more careful, not less, this time of year.
As the holiday season brings joy and excitement, it also unfortunately attracts scammers seeking to exploit our festive spirit, and our stress. This year, be extra cautious of phishing emails designed to steal your business information and hard-earned money.
Emails to be careful about:
Package delivery notices
Scammers send emails that appear to be from shipping companies, such as FedEx or UPS, informing you that a package is on its way. The email may ask you to click on a link to track the package or provide additional information. If you click on the link or provide the information, you could unwittingly install malware on your computer or give the scammer access to your personal information. Be wary of unsolicited emails or texts, and never click on links or download attachments from unknown sources. Always track packages through the shipper’s website directly. Remember, that package delivery notice may be fake.
Emails with links
Any link can be dangerous. Hover over the link *without clicking on it* to show you the actual URL. If this is different from the one displayed, don’t click that link.
Emails with urgency
You may legitimately receive emails with urgent requests but take extra time on them. Check the sender’s email address, look for unusual wording or misspellings.
Emails related to finances
Sending money, changes to payroll accounts, direct deposits… Confirm them through another means than email first.
Unexpected / unsolicited emails
If you don’t know the sender, or you are not expecting such an email, then review it twice.
If you have questions about this, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.