Shopping scams increase around this time of year.
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Watch out for scams this holiday season.

Shopping scams happen year-round, but attacks usually increase around the holidays. Scammers often send phishing emails that appear to come from large department stores or well-known retailers. These messages look like they come from legitimate brands, but they are well-disguised scams.

Phishing attempts try to play on your emotions. For example, you might get an urgent text about a package that couldn’t be delivered, which could make you worried enough to click a link without thinking. In addition, phishing attempts use plausible timing to try to trick you into clicking a link or opening an attachment.

What to Do:

Keep an eye out for suspicious messages sent to your work or personal email, or via text. Don’t open attachments or click links from any email address or phone number you don’t recognize. Examine anything that asks you to click a link, download a file, or confirm login credentials or payment information. To learn what to look for in a suspicious address or link, check out the Phishing training module at https://go.illinois.edu/securitytraining.

If you’re not sure about something, don’t reply to it. Instead, call a trusted number, or visit a known website by typing the address into your browser.

Stay safe, stay secure. Contact securitysupport@illinois.edu with questions or feedback. 

-Technology Services Privacy and Security Team