Cybercriminals are on the lookout for the festive season to trick you. Their only goal is to force their way into your home and take money or data from you. During the festive season, phishing attempts are therefore common.
Here are a few points to keep in mind during this festive month.
Is the offer too good to be true? It's just that it isn't.
- Are you being urged to act quickly? STOP, beware. Criminals like to push you to buy quickly to prevent you from thinking.
- The offer is posted on an unknown site? Take the time to research the site in question before clicking. Analyse reviews and comments.
- You receive a great advertisement from a brand on social networks, by email or otherwise. Always check if the promotion exists by searching for it on a search engine and go through the official website.
- Check the website address. Often the spelling or domain name of the online shop is changed in a very subtle way.
Have you received a suspicious offer?
- See a message you find suspicious? Send it immediately to email@example.com. We will make sure that the links in these messages are blocked.
- NEVER give out passwords, credit card codes or answer codes via email, phone calls, text messages or social media.
- Delete the message.
Have you made a purchase or given your bank details?
- If you have given out your bank details, notify your bank immediately and block your bank card via Card Stop on 078 170 170 (+32 78 170 170 from abroad).
- If you have shared a password, change it immediately wherever you use it.
- If the phishing message is sent to your contacts, warn them.
- File a complaint with the local police.
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