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Fake PDF Scams

As the holiday season winds down, cybercriminals persist in targeting holidaymakers with a deceptive scheme. This elaborate scam commences with a phishing email and an attachment masquerading as a hotel invoice. Regrettably, this attachment doesn’t contain an authentic PDF file. Instead, it conceals a sophisticated attack intended to pilfer your sensitive data.

Should you download and open the attachment, an error message pops up, alleging the necessity for an update to view the PDF. However, the file isn't a genuine PDF document, and the error message isn’t prompting an update. In actuality, it harbors malware. If you consent to the supposed update, you unwittingly activate this malware. Upon activation, it swiftly infiltrates your device, harvesting your sensitive information and transmitting it to the cybercriminals. This malicious software serves the scammers by gifting them what they desire most at the start of the new year—your personal data.

To safeguard yourself from similar scams, adhere to these guidelines:

  • Remain vigilant against impulsive clicks. Never open attachments from unexpected or unknown emails.
  • If you’ve made a holiday hotel reservation and receive an email concerning it, scrutinize the email for verifying details such as the reservation number, check-in time, and room specifics.
  • Recognize that this deceptive tactic of fake PDF files isn’t confined to travel-related invoices. Cybercriminals could employ this technique across various scenarios. Stay cautious and question suspicious attachments regardless of the context.
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