Beware of the online holiday scams this season as you get busy with shopping. This is the time when scammers are on top of their game. Almost like they are everywhere, you can’t think of a day without an email, a text message, or a phone call from these scammers trying to scam money out of you.
There are a number of scams around from the warranty on your car, where you get some scary urgent email which sounds like it’s so urgent and turns out to be another way to try to extract money from you.
How to Spot Online Holiday Scams before it’s too late?
We will talk about a few of these online holiday scams. According to an AARP cybercrime study, there are around 229 million adults in the U.S. who experienced attempted fraud in 2020. This means nine out of 10 people get targeted by scammers or have experienced, someone trying to defraud them.
You need to be mindful of a couple of things whether it’s an email, text, or whatever. You should be aware if the message asks you to pay in gift cards, this should immediately raise an alarm of a possible scam. Earlier one of our friends, an 80-year-old lady lost around $13,000 and was hit by this scam. The scammers asked her for gift cards and that’s how they want you to pay. The moment someone demands you to pay for something through gift cards, it’s better you hang up the phone, delete the email, or just walk away.
Another tell-tale sign is to get to know who the email’s coming from. The email address easily stands out from a regular email address as it’s weird, something you need to look out for. You can get emails from an agency or a firm claiming to look as genuine as possible. Go through the entire email and try to find out the key info that can save you from a possible scam. Try finding the website link, try to visit the official website where you can contact them.
Be alert when you shop online, stay safe and secure by being vigilant. Have a happy holiday without any fear of being scammed. Do leave your comments in the section below.
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