Beware of Thanksgiving-Themed Scams Attempting to Gobble Gobble Up Your Bank Account
The NJCCIC is warning members of various Thanksgiving Day-related scams targeting New Jersey residents and agencies. In recent reports, spoofed emails were sent appearing to originate from legitimate organizations and contained the subject line “Thanksgiving eCard.” Additionally, an Emotet banking trojan campaign was observed using Thanksgiving lures, such as the subject lines “Happy Thanksgiving Day Greeting Message” and “Thanksgiving Day Card.” As malicious actors commonly leverage public interest during the holiday season to conduct financial fraud and disseminate malware, we recommend exercising caution with unexpected or unsolicited emails, especially those with a Thanksgiving Day theme. The NJCCIC recommends informing coworkers, friends, family, and neighbors – especially senior citizens – about these types of scams to prevent further victimization. Users who receive unexpected or unsolicited email requests from known senders inviting them to click on a link or open an attachment should always verify the sender via another means of communication before taking any action.