It’s the holiday season! And that means every grinch is pulling overtime. Here are some common holiday scams, how they work, and how to keep yourself and your money protected.
With more and more people turning to online shopping, shoppers are getting more order confirmation emails and text messages than ever. Fraudsters are taking advantage of the easy opportunity to send phishing emails and text messages with malicious links to capture your personal information. Don’t fall for it.
To securely track your purchases, it’s best to monitor the seller’s official website or mobile application.
Scammers are known to take advantage of scarcity tactics by offering popular products on fake websites. They trick you into ordering popular products, such as the season’s most desired electronics and toys, that will never be sent to you.
Do your research. Utilize the Better Business Bureau website for legitimate customer reviews of products, businesses, and official websites. Online review sites are not always trustworthy sources.
The season of giving tends to bring out the best in everyone, but that also brings out the fake charities asking for your donation. Scammers often pretend to be from reputable organizations, but all they really want to do is take your money.
We see fraud attempts almost every day. While we do our best to keep every customer protected, there are ways you can prevent fraud from happening to you.
Stay one step ahead and bookmark our help article on avoiding and reporting scams. We update this article regularly to keep you in the know of the latest scams.
More tips to avoid fraud can be found here.
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Source of scam information: mcafee.com
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