ALERT: CyberCriminals’ Black Friday/Cyber Monday
It’s almost that time of year again. That time when saving-savvy shoppers get up at 2 am to get the must-have toy of the season at 90% off!
…Yep, Black Friday.
…And don’t forget the Black Friday of the couch surfing set – Cyber Monday.
As the title says, CyberCriminals are having their own Black Friday. 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 CyberCriminals are out to cash in, and get rich…with your money.
What to look for in Black Friday/Cyber Monday scams:
1. Too-good-to-be-true coupons that offer free phones or tablets.
These coupons are all over the internet. Don’t fall for it. Make sure the offers are from a legitimate company.
2. Watch out for alerts via email or text that you just received a package.
It could be from FedEx, UPS, US Mail, or Canada Post. Scam emails then ask for some personal information. Don’t enter anything – it’s a scam.
3. Fake refund from reporting to be from Amazon, a hotel, or a retail chain.
It will claim there was a “wrong transaction”, and will ask you to “click for refund”. Instead of a refund, your device will be infected with malware.
Especially now, the price of freedom is constant alertness and willingness to fight back.
Remember to only use credit cards online, never debit cards.
Be super-wary of bulk email with crazy-good BUY NOW offers, and anything that looks slightly “off”.