Buyers Beware: McAfee Tells All About This Seasons Top Online Scams
In Monday’s Denver Post there was an article titled “Top Online Scams: McAfee’s Seasonal Consumer Warning” about this Holiday Season’s top internet scams directed at consumers.
Here are a few to be on the lookout for this season:
Social Media Sites:
In today’s society social media is very prevalent in most people’s lives. Facebook and Twitter are now sites for scammers to prey on innocent consumers. McAfee advises to be careful this holiday season especially when it comes to liking or clicking on posts or participating in contents and deals.
Now it seems most everyone has a smart phone and so the creation of mobile apps has been steadily on the rise. Beware of the apps you download to your smart phones and/or tablets as these could be designed to steal your information and could even send out premium-rate text messages from your device!
Too-Good-To-Be-True Travel Deals:Scammers know that with the holidays comes increased travel and they are jumping at the opportunity to steal your personal and financial information. They will create fake travel websites designed to do just that. Be very careful when you come across a deal that seems too good to be true because it may just be.
Free iPhone5 or iPad Scams:
Often times scammers will create a fake contest claiming to be giving away a free iPhone or iPad. The links usually contain a virus that will damage your computer and get you to reveal your personal information.
Skype Scam: There is a Skype message scam out there currently. This software is designed to infect your computer/device and can even take your files!
Third Party Gift Cards: Try to buy gift cards directly from the store or store’s website rather than using a third party. Scammers are known to produce fraudulent gift cards and concert tickets that you won’t be able to use or get your money back for.
Technology is a wonderful thing but there is so much more risk these days for fraudulent transactions to occur. Please be savvy this holiday season when shopping online for holiday gifts or utilizing social media. Scams happen all the time. Please don’t let these affect you!
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