7 advanced shopping the scams to watch out for during this holiday season


It’s Cyber Monday, U.S. shoppers spent a record $9.4 billion online, $1.5 billion more than in the previous year, and a whopping $12 million-per-minute. And yes, that song is a minute-by-minute-to-minute.

Where there is money, there are hackers, scammers, and thieves. The Internet is more dangerous than ever before, and data breaches, and attacks are at an all-time high. Don’t be a victim. Tap or click here for 4 tips to protect yourself on the internet.

In this season of giving, criminals are hard at work scamming honest people out of money and their valuable, personal information. Not only do they have to rely on the same old stuff, either. If you want a shock? Tap or click here to look at it as a white-hat hacker to show just how easy it is to fool even the savviest of Internet users.

Nothing makes Christmas more humbug than an empty wallet, and no gift to show for it. Here are 7 popular and sophisticated scams are spreading from now on, along with what you need to know to keep your wallet safe and secure.

1. Happy phishmas

Cyber-criminals are on the look out for suckers, all the year round, and they pull absolutely zero punches during the holiday season.

Phishing scams are often to be found in the e-mails and disguise their true intentions by pretending that they are from a trusted source. For the season, with the most common arrangements in the form of a fake one on Amazon and Apple in e-mails that claim your account will be disabled. They provide a link so that you can have your password re-set.”

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With the opening of the e-mail and click on the link below will take you to a website that looks like the real thing, but if you have to enter your user name and password, your information will be in the hands of a hacker.

In order to stay safe from phishing scams-e-mails, make sure you check the e-mail address of the sender and do not open links that you are not 100 per cent sure about that. Phishing e-mails addresses, which may contain bits and pieces of real names, as Amazon and Apple, but they tend to be much longer and more complex.

To be clear: both Apple and Amazon are both going through great pains to avoid asking for your information. If you are not sure whether an email is really from the retailer, the customers, the company’s service line a call and speak to a real person.

They will be able to check to see if your account has been accessed without your permission. Also, keep in mind all of the numbers on a phishing e-mail, you are advised to make a call, they are also be fake, so please use the numbers below:

Apple customer care: 1-800-275-2273

Amazon’s customer service: 1-888-280-4331

2. E-mail only (not so) good report

Another scam that is making use of your e-mail inbox, including shipping notifications, which present themselves as Amazon, UPS, or FedEx messages. This e-mail will contain a text about a problem with your order, and what you will need to verify your identity, you can save your item will be confiscated or cancelled.

Of course, these e-mails are total bunk. None of the major logistics service providers will ever ask for this kind of information, nor will they have to cancel the order in such a short window of time.

Scammers are banking on the chance that one of their goals to have an in-progress order is one of them, and you will have to answer for fear of the loss of a critical present. If you get an e-mail from one of these companies, this kind of text is to delete it, move it, and whatever you do, don’t click on links in it.

These scams started to spread, via a text message. To the left of that is an unknown text message that is just as much a risk to your privacy. Foreign posts should be immediately deleted and ignored.

If you are still not sure whether or not these messages are legitimate, it will give one of these customer support lines a call to verify. Make sure you keep your tracking number and order details.

Amazon’s customer service: 1-888-280-4331

UPS customer service 1-800-742-5877

FedEx customer service: 1-800-463-3339

3. ‘Down the gift cards, we have a scam from a distance’

We’ll also send you a more than useful last-minute gift ideas for the people on your list. Once a gift card has been purchased, and the funds will be placed on the map, and are not to be found. This is the reason why scammers prefer to take their victims for the purchase of gift cards. As soon as you buy them, your money is lost forever.

Gift card scams are usually a part of any other scams, but of a single one that rolls around, the holiday season is going to be cyber-criminals pretending to be your boss. If you work for a large corporation, you can see the scammers out in your inbox, and to do it as if you were the CEO or the HR manager, put together a reward for a “potluck.”

To bait, the scammers say that you will need to purchase a certain amount of money in gift cards to be given away at the party. However, as soon as the links are followed, and the tickets are bought, you will never go back to your “boss” again. Tap or click here to learn more about the different ways in which you could be putting your data at risk in the workplace.

To make it absolutely clear: anyone who asks you to pay for a gift card online to be involved in shady business. It is a non-trackable way to acquire and spend money, and since it is not to be found, not to punish the offenders. Avoid this like the plague.

4. All I want for Christmas is a coupon code for

There is a saying that holds true for the Internet: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” This goes double for all the coupons and discounts that are being spammed all over the web, in ads, emails, and social media profiles.

Another way that hackers try to get information by tricking people into signing up for a coupon codes, discounts, and sales, with the help of exclusive membership.” These links will usually lead it back to sketchy third-party scam sites that will siphon of your information faster than you can say, “and to all, a good night’s sleep!”

To make matters worse, many of these scammers have been paying for sponsored ads on social media and on search engines that have an air of legitimacy to the scheme.

Instead of having to search for it in the dark corners of the internet to save money, consider the use of a trusted app, such as Honey, which automatically scans and apply a coupon code from the verified retailers. Tap or click here to learn more about the Honey in it.

5. Come, all ye Facebook

Social media is a breeding ground for scams, especially when we have to shell out a few dollars to buy the advertising of fraudulent products. Facebook is ground zero for a lot of this break down of trust, and you need to be careful when all of the promotions or ads that seem too good to be true.

The biggest red flag for a scam, the attack comes in the form of instant messages, Facebook marketplace, and dealers. Once a professional crook has been in a position to talk to all of you, and they will be able to access all of their social engineering skills to trick you into paying them or providing them with information.

Unless the seller has been verified, the many of the legitimate reviews, it is always best to talk to them, so the focus is on the merchandise.

Another way to protect yourself while shopping on Facebook is that you have a real card key in a safe and secure method of payment in the first place. Tap or click here for more information about PayPal, and other secure ways to pay for it.

6. You better watch out … for the fake goods,

Anyone with kids knows how this goes. Let’s say that your kid loves action figures, and while browsing on eBay, you can find the perfect gift for that less than one-half of the purchase price. You can understand it, in the hope that it will arrive in time for Christmas. If it’s not, not at all, don’t be surprised if the goods are totally fake.

For mass-produced products, such as toys and game consoles, the big market places such as Amazon and eBay are breeding grounds for low-cost knockoffs. A lot of these sellers get away with their shady business hiding the fact that they are replica’s or a third party is deep in the product description.

In order to stay safe, make sure you check the photos from common stock images. If the same image is to be found in more than one list, there is a good chance that it is fake. In addition, many of these con artists base their operations out of China, where the manufacture of the pump is almost constant.

Tap or click here for more of the red flags to look for to avoid being ripped off.

When buying from a seller in China, make sure you check the reviews to make sure the seller is legitimate, and keep an eye out for the keyword “replica” or a “third party” in the list.

With the help of PayPal, it will also give you a number of appeals, thus avoiding the use of your credit card or debit card online if you can help it.

7. Ho-ho-ho-verpriced

This scam has a lot of big retailers and traders, both the on-and off-line. For many of us, it’s not so much that it was a scam, as it is a “business”, but here’s what you need to be aware of when it comes to the rate of inflation.

A common sales tactic is to jack up the prices of the goods are, prior to an important event such as Black Friday, which is the purpose of it is to make the most of the discounts appear larger than they really are. What’s more, some of them may even promote the increase in prices, including special offers, which will trick a lot of avid shoppers will have to buy it before the real savings start.

If you can help it, resist the temptation to shop before the holiday, the deals will go live. Make sure you check the prices from multiple shops and make sure that the retailer you are interested in has a price matching policy that can net you even more savings.

BONUS TIP FOR EXTRA KNOW-HOW: How to check if iPad has malware

One of the great things about owning an iPad unless you are jailbroken, it is likely to be infected with a virus, it is close to zero. Currently, there is no malware that targets the ipad-exclusive, so you’ll be safe from any major problems.

But even if it is a virus that can not be downloaded directly to your iPad, the threats, such as malware, are still a very real possibility. Phishing e-mail messages that trick you into providing information that can be sent to your iPad as easy as they are to be sent to your computer.

There are a number of ways to ensure that you are not to be adware or a phishing scam, and they don’t necessarily have to buy it. There are also ways to protect your iPad, so that you can avoid these problems altogether, and prevent malware, even if you have not received your tablet.

Tap or click here, to find out if your iPad has been broken into, and what you can do about it.

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