With Black Friday and Cyber Monday (November 30) approaching and the countdown to Christmas beginning, many New Zealanders will be getting ready to start their online present shopping to bag a bargain. Unfortunately, online shopping scams are expected to rise leading into the shopping season.

According to Cert NZ, phishing was one of the highest incident categories from October to December last year, with 41% of all reports about phishing and credential harvesting.

In the lead up to Christmas, Avast is warning New Zealanders to look out for more online shopping and phishing scams, including email and SMS phishing scams offering shopping deals and delivery details, and fake shopping websites.

“The internet is filled with amazing offers around this time of the year and people are often focused on getting the best price for the products they’re after,” says Stephen Kho, cybersecurity expert at Avast .

“As a result, they spend less time researching the seller, which is where cybercriminals can take advantage with fake shopping websites similar to actual shopping destinations,” he says.

“While shopping lists may be long, and the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals may be appealing, we urge New Zealanders to slow down and remain vigilant around what sites they shop on and share their financial information with.”

Recent Avast research found that nearly a quarter of (23%) New Zealanders have experienced an online shopping scam, and 6% confirm that they have been a…

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