4 Holiday Scam Techniques Any Buyer Should Be Vary Of
You have just had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones, enjoyed your favorite home-cooked meals, and seen some of your cousins you know you won’t meet until next year.
Basically, all the mundane things are already crossed off the holiday checklist and you’re ready to bust out your wallet to harvest those sweet deals.
This is exactly the mindset scammers prey upon.
They will use every tool in their arsenal to try and dip their fingers into your wallet, including email. They want to see the greedy careless version of you looking for the biggest coupon out there. But you won’t give them that.
Instead, familiarize yourself with hacker tactics and stay alert during your Black Friday shopping spree:
1. Hundreds of fake sites will attempt to look like the real thing.
Pay close attention to domain names and avoid following any links from email. Expects fraudsters to try to spoof legit retailer domains by including Black Friday or Cyber Monday somewhere in the name.
2. Scammers will use email phishing to try to lure you in with big shopping discounts.
Again, stay on the lookout when it comes to email links and do not leave personal information on websites that you don’t know. Treasure your credit card data and carefully examine who you trust it with.
3. Expect to receive fake US Mail, FedEx, and UPS alerts asking for your personal information.
Keep personal information to yourself. If you receive an email posing as one of these services asking for your personal information, it is best to go directly to the provider website and track your packages manually. You can safely verify your personal information there, but do NOT follow email links.
4. You will be offered to download malicious mobile apps that promise great savings and discount coupons.
Do not trust these emails. If you receive a tempting offer that you can’t pass, then make sure you do your research on the app first. If you can’t find any trustworthy sources that back up its reputation, then it is not worth the risk.
It is better to pay a few extra bucks than end up being scammed and left with nothing.
All in all, attention to detail and email hygiene are your best friends when it comes to avoiding holiday scams.
After all, you have your part in protecting your personal data and companies that use it have their share.