- Feb 4, 2016
While most users are familiar with phishing scams that attempt to steal a user's login credentials, phishers also use emails to lure consumers to fake retail sites in order to steal their money or sell cheap knockoffs.
In November 2018, during the holiday shopping season, researchers from security firm Check Point noticed a marked increase in phishing scams promoting e-commerce related phishing sites. This year it's even worse, with a 233% increase over last year's holiday season and it's only the middle of November.
"12 months ago, in November 2018, we witnessed a significant increase in the amount of ecommerce related phishing websites being accessed directly, or from links sent via email. And this year we can already see a similar trend. With only half of November over and even before the peak of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, use of e-commerce phishing URLs has more than doubled since last November’s peak – in fact, it’s up by 233%," the Check Point researchers stated.