Most phishing scams targeting online shoppers originate in the US

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Analysis of spam messages revealed that most Phishing Scams targeting online shoppers by the holiday season originate from the US (44%).

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This figure is based on analysis of global spam telemetry data collected by BitDefender In anticipation of the upcoming holiday shopping season between November 1st and November 11th, 2021.

The research shows that although phishers cast a wide net, their focus is on US shoppers, which emerged as the most attractive target for bullying actors receiving the largest share of spam emails, accounting for the entire global spam volume. Includes 44%.

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The US is followed by the UK (8%), Australia (6%), South Africa (5%), Ireland (4%), Germany (4%), Sweden (3%), Denmark (2%), France . (2%), Romania (1%) and Italy (1%).

“Two weeks before the biggest shopping day of the year, there is no shortage of fake deals and promotions for eager shoppers. From home furnishings and retail to tech and plane tickets, no stone was left unturned. commented Bitdefender.

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Bitdefender claims its findings are in line with recent Survey Which has topped the list in terms of number of people planning to shop black Friday this year.

It’s no surprise that most of the spam messages analyzed by Bitdefender were written in English.

Based on their analysis of spam, rewards involving buyer rewards and gift cards or fake surveys and raffles are among the most commonly used tricks to entice recipients. Furthermore, with the eased travel restrictions, Bitdefender hopes scammers will increase their use of travel deals to defraud unsuspecting travel planners.

“Bitdefender spam researchers expect more spam campaigns in the coming weeks with spikes on Black Friday, Cyber ​​Monday and winter holiday shopping deals. Scammers often take advantage of these events to spread phishing emails and deliver malware to targets in bulk,” warns Bitdefender.

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