HOW IT WORKS
Black Friday launches the holiday shopping season, and it usually launches scam season, as well. You’ve probably heard of the most common current scams: gift card scams, charity scams and phishing – fishing for your information through fake messages and websites.
Bad guys will prey on your desire to get a great deal. They will tie into your increased purchasing activity and take advantage of your seasonal generosity to get ahold of your money or personal information. This means a lot of fakes:
- Fake apps for all those new devices
- Fake Wi-Fi networks
- Fake coupons and discounts
- Fake charities and donations
- Fake delivery notifications
What To Do
Be alert. Be vigilant. It’s great advice any time of year, but when your focus is family and you’re filled with holiday spirit, you may be more vulnerable.
If an organization is asking you to provide personal information for any reason – by phone, text or email – ask yourself, “Why do they want this information? Do they really need it, and is this the best way to give it to them?” Most organizations won’t ask you to provide sensitive information through these methods.