Watch out for St.Patrick’s Day online scams

We’ve had them every year, so we don’t expect this year to be any different. Various “Good luck” chain emails, good wishes on Facebook and other social media and various pop-ups with random “Luck of the Irish” messages are a common companion of this holiday that has long outgrown the borders of Ireland and is nowadays at least a good excuse for a party in many countries of the world.

Cybercriminals, of course, recognise that and use the good will of the people against them, by quickly trying to scam them whenever opportunity presents itself.

One of a few common forms of these scams are the chain or spam emails with “St.Patrick’s greetings”, including a fake link, where a greeting card is supposedly waiting for the receiver, but which in fact takes to a malicious or fraudulent website which can infect with drive-by malware or serve to trick into some other scam, which inevitably ends in disclosure of sensitive information or financial loss.

With much communication taking place on social media nowadays, a similar approach is taken there. A greeting card that comes with a link to somewhere nasty, or with a requirement that an app is installed, which usually also demands you disclose all your personal data, which is never a good idea. There were also cases of Twitter spam with supposed links to lyrics of Irish drinking songs, pictures and greetings.

So, to stay safe and have a happy St.Patrick’s Day, bring yourself some luck by not clicking on any links, no matter what pots of gold they promise!


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