12 scams targeted at holiday shoppers

12 scams targeted at holiday shoppers

FOX19 - The hectic holiday season can make an ideal time for scammers to strike. FOX19 NOW's Tech Expert Dave Hatter knows the important measures you can take to avoid becoming a target. Here are some things to be on the lookout for this holiday season:

1.) Fake package deliveries: Beware of e-mails and texts that claim you have a package waiting and ask you for personal information to retrieve it. Contact the shipper directly if there is any question.

2.) Charity Scams: Hackers know that Americans are very generous, especially during the holidays. Be on the lookout for phishing e-mails and fake web site that purport to represent real charities. If you are going to give, initiate the transaction, don't follow a link to a web site from an unsolicited mail

3.) Dangerous e-greetings cards: Beware of electronic cards, could be a phishing or a malware delivery mechanism

4.) Phony gift cards: Only buy gift cards from directly from reputable retailers and banks, not third-party web sites

5.) Suspicious giveaways: Whether delivered by e-mail, text or social media, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. If you think it might be real, don't click a link, initiate contact with the organization

6.) Holiday Themed Clickjacking: Beware links on social media that lead to malware or phony web sites. A healthy dose of skepticism is best. When in doubt, go directly to web site, don't click on links. Keep in mind this applies to text messages (SMS) too.

7.) Phony e-commerce web sites: Stick to know retailers with appropriate SSL security. Look for "https:" in the URL and a lock in the browser. Look for subtle clues that the URL is correct and not pointing to a phony site. Last year Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials shut down 1,500 bogus retail web sites

8.) Auction Sites: Great deals can be found on auction sites, but be sure that you get what you pay for!

9.) Safer Shopping:

10.) Never supply sensitive information on public Wi-Fi

11.) Beware "deal" apps and free apps that purport to help you find the best deal, they might be malware in disguise

12.) Fake coupons: Coupons or discount codes can be sold online and in-person at a fraction of their face value but may be bogus and thus worthless when redeemed.

Want more tips? McAfee breaks down more ways to stay secure this holiday season here.

General Tips:

-Use credit instead of debit

-Use common sense

-Be skeptical

-Control transactions.

-Use a different, strong password

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