Tis the season of shopping…… and identity theft?
With shoppers setting spending records this holiday season, scammers are also out on full force trying to steal your holiday cheer. Because of the threat,– the Better Business Bureau has released a list of scams and how to avoid them.
Number one, fake shipping notifications. You might get an email saying a package is on the way, but the BBB says check before you click. The link may send you to a site that will install malware on your computer and gives scammers your personal data.
Scam number two, e-cards. These are holiday greetings sent via email instead of the post office. The BBB warns if you don’t recognize the sender, don’t click on the e-card.
Scam number three, gift cards. Experts say check to see whether the wrapping has been tampered with. Scammers visit stores and copy the numbers and pins on the back of cards. Once the cards are purchased, they then use the balance online.
Scam number four, bogus charities. Make sure your generous gifts go to legitimate groups.
And scam number five, the social media gift exchange. These exchanges insist that if you buy one gift for a stranger you will receive several others in return. The BBB says not only is this a bad idea. It’s also illegal.