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Avoid online scams this holiday season

Avoid online scams this holiday season

November 21, 2018

‘Tis the season... If you’re like millions of others, you’ve been scoping out all of the Black Friday ads and Cyber Monday sales. Keep in mind, it's holiday season for the bad guys too! But not the way you might think. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest online shopping days and scammers are prepared to take advantage of you. Be on the lookout for these things.

Fake sites

There are thousands of fake sites looking just like the real thing. Don't fall for it. Make sure the site you go to is the real one by typing in the address or using your bookmark. By all means, do not click on links in emails with special offers. If they have a code listed to redeem that offer, make note of it and enter it at checkout.

Package alerts

Watch out for alerts via email or text that you just received a package from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail. If they ask for your personal information, don't give it to them.

Fake mobile apps

Be aware of fake mobile apps that promise big shopping savings, and be very wary of online discount coupons. Think Before You Click!

So, especially now, it's important to be alert and diligent when shopping online. We encourage you to devote one credit card to online purchases and make sure your card company has your cell phone number and email so they can contact you if they detect suspicious activity. If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm, freeze your card, and contact your card company.

Happy shopping!

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