During the holiday season there is typically an increase in scams which use email to impersonate a trusted sender in order trick people into providing personal information (phishing) or infect a computer with malware. UTS staff and students are encouraged to take care and use safe online shopping habits. Be particularly vigilant when receiving unsolicited email messages that could be part of a potential scam or malware campaign.
Phishing scams and malware campaigns may include but are not limited to the following:
- Electronic greeting cards that may contain malware
- Requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to be charities
- Screensavers or other forms of media that may contain malware
- Credit card applications that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts
- Online shopping advertisements that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts from bogus retailers