Cyber Monday Safety Tips
The month of November brings a variety of seasonal excitements – fall weather, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Who doesn’t love a good sale?
Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping holiday of the year with companies world-wide providing online sales and discounts to entice customers into making purchases.
While we know screen time can have many negative psychological affects, Cyber Monday 2020 could be especially taxing or stressful considering the challenges we’ve all faced throughout the year.
Did you know it’s also a day that scammers capitalize to try and gather as much sensitive information as possible? In the spirit of the holiday, scammers launch their plans with false sales or deals that are maybe too good to be true because consumer are already expecting good deals.
With fraudulent auction sales, fake gift card purchasing, phishing and social networking scams, and other cyber schemes constantly evolving – it’s easier than ever to be tricked and for scammers to be very successful.
To help protect you, here are some tips to avoid internet threats:
- Purchase merchandise only from reputable sellers and be suspicious of websites that do not provide contact information.
- Be wary if the seller only accepts wire transfers or cash.
- Do not respond to or click on links contained within unsolicited (spam) email.
- Sign in directly to the official merchant website for the business identified in the email instead of linking to it from an unsolicited email.
If the email appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
- Be cautious of emails claiming to contain pictures in attached files; the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses, if possible.
- Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify that the email is genuine.
- If you are encouraged to act quickly or there is an emergency that requires your attention, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
- Remember—if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
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