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Be on the Look Out for those Black Friday Scams!

November 20 2018

With more people than ever poised to partake in this year’s November shopping frenzy, attackers will capitalise on shoppers seeking to get great deals.

They’ll do this by using the brand names of leading e-tailers to exploit users looking for Black Friday deals and coupons by creating fake mobile apps and landing pages to fool consumers into downloading malware, using compromised sites, or giving up their login credentials and credit card information.

‘Black Friday’ and the hideously-named ‘Cyber Monday’ are closing in fast. But remember, it’s holiday season for the bad guys too!

But not the way you might think. They go into scam-overdrive mode. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest on-line shopping days and they are out to get rich with your money.

So what should you look out for?

At the moment, there are literally thousands of fake websites and landing pages, looking just like the real thing. Don’t fall for it!

Make sure the site you go to is the real one. Better still, type in the address in your browser or use your bookmark, do not click on links in emails with special offers.

And while we’re at it…

Watch out for alerts via email or text that you just received a package from FedEx, UPS or the Royal Mail, that then asks you for some personal information. Don’t just click and certainly don’t enter any personal details!

Make sure also that you don’t download fake mobile apps that promise big shopping savings, and be very wary of online discount coupons.

Simply Think Before You Click!

So, especially now, the price of safety and security from cyber crime is your constant vigilance and a willingness to fight back. Remember to only use only credit cards online, never debit cards. If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company, sort out cancelling that card and organise a new one.

Happy but Safe Shopping!