Consumers in the US plan to make more online purchases over the Christmas period, although they are worried that they may fall victim to cyber-scams. Specifically, a survey conducted by the global company software McAfee Computer Security Survey Shows 36% of US Consumers Plan to Buy Gifts online this year, despite the fact that 60% feel that cybercriminals they will take advantage of the Christmas season to cheat unsuspectingly victims in cyber-scams.
The findings were included in research of McAfee entitled "2020 Holiday Season: State of Today's Digital e-Shopper" published a few days ago. McAfee commissioned the 3Gem to survey 1.000 adults over the age of 18 in the US between October 8 and October 13.
According to Infosecurity Magazine, last year its period Black Friday and Cyber Monday, over 124 million consumers chose to shop in physical stores. But now that countries around the world are facing its pandemic COVID-19, consumers make the markets them online.
The survey found that 49% of Americans said they have made the most of their online purchases since the global pandemic broke out. 18% stated that online shopping is now part of their daily routine, while 34% shop online 3-5 days a week.
In addition, 27% of respondents aged 18 to 24 said they had checked the authenticity of the discounts and offers sent to them through e-mail and messages. It is noteworthy that 43% said they would check to see if the emails and messages they received in anticipation of Black Friday and Cyber Monday were trustworthy and genuine.
Cybercriminals and crooks take advantage of the fact that people are making more and more online purchases these days. Consumers should be aware of how these malicious agents will try to take advantage and take the necessary steps to protect the holiday season.