Beware of the Black Friday Scammers

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November 27,2019

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Black Friday is just around the corner and retailers expect the holiday weekend to drive sales through the roof. However, countless scammers are looking to grab a piece of the pie. 

False coupons, promotions, discounts, and other disguised malware mechanisms are already circulating the web and luring shoppers to divulge personal data. Furthermore, both retailers and consumers are vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

A Baltimore-based cyber security company, ZeroFOX, decided to warn shoppers about the dangers. 

The company dove into the underbelly of the Black Friday hype and flushed out the phishers. By using the ZeroFOX Platform and collecting thousands of posts, pages, certificate transparency logs, websites, and related materials, the company pinpointed potential threats. 

The scams are mostly conceived in the form of “something for nothing” involving gift cards, giveaways, coupons, etc. Lured in by attractive offers, users are quick to divulge their personal data and fall into a phisher’s trap. 

Scammers tend to increase their visibility by infiltrating hashtags like #blackfriday, #cybermonday, or simply #giveaway, attracting thousands of people on social media platforms. 

On the other hand, online shopping and electronics are the most popular targets for suspicious domains. About 124,000 of these domains were registered by the ZeroFOX survey. The fake domains most often impersonate leading brands like Apple, Amazon, and Target.

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