Monday, November 24, 2014

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, online scams are on the rise.

It's the holiday season for the bad guys too...but not the way you might think. They go into scam-overdrive mode. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest online shopping days and they are out to get rich with your money. So what should you look out for?
  1. At the moment, there are too good to be true coupons that offer free phones or tablets on sites all over the Internet. Don't fall for it. Make sure the offers are from a legitimate company.
  2. Watch out for alerts via email or text that you just received a package from FedEx, UPS or the US Mail, and then asks you for some personal information. Don't enter anything.
  3. There is a fake refund scam going on that could come from Amazon, a hotel, or a well known retail chain. It claims there was a wrong transaction and wants you to "click for refund" but instead, your device will be infected with malware.
Be safe this holiday season. Remember to only use credit cards online, never debit cards. Be wary of bulk email with crazy, too good to be true now offers and anything that looks slightly off.

If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company; shred that card and get a new one. Then call us to have your devices scanned for any infections.

IES, Inc.

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