Is Your Staff Falling Prey to Online Holidays?

In the midst of holiday planning and online booking, the digital employees need to remain vigilant of fraudulent activities. Surprised? Reason being, the staff of a digital firm is liable to cyber hacking.

In this article at, Andrew Rinaldi explains that regardless of what your organization trades, online holiday vouchers or deals, used by employees may turn into an ideal opportunity for the hackers to scam their way into company data.

Holiday- A Risky Business

The online holiday scam and fraud cases are swelling rapidly. But how can it affect your business? Being an e-commerce business, you might not see the consequences, but digital employees’ bank account details and sensitive data may lead the hackers to decode the company’s confidential data. Here are some of the top holiday shopping scams to be on the alert:

  • CEO Gift Card Scam: Employees often get holiday offers and deals to make online purchases. Even if the boss asks employees to book a flight for him or make an online purchase of gifts for the clients, con artists can hack the employees’ emails. The scam may come in different forms. Hence, always ask the employee to verbally confirm the booking with the firm, skip responding to suspicious emails, and encourage them to question the emails’ authenticity.
  • Fake Delivery Attempt: Also known as ‘where’s my package? Scam, a phishing attack where the hacker sends an individual a link to track a package. If the employee clicks on it, a malicious software is downloaded that includes ransomware. If one employee falls prey to the attack, it can infect the entire network with ransomware. Avoid such issues by educating employees and make them accountable for the consequences.
  • Deep Discount Scam: Often scam artists take advantage of shoppers’ yearning to score a reasonable holiday deal. This is a real risk to the employees and to the organization if the malware makes it to the company devices. To avoid such circumstances, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, and employers must ensure that the staff is aware of the scams that may occur by downloading any shopping apps to their official smartphones or laptops.

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