Beware of Cyber Monday Scams

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Nov 28, 2016 11:16:41 AM

cyber crime.jpgToday is the hottest online shopping day of the year. So many deals and specials all packed into one day! But scammers are also aware of this day. They realize that people are vulnerable to clicking links and using wi-fi connections to order gifts and purchases.

Don't fall victim to an online scam. Here are some tips to help you as you join in for Cyber Monday!

1. Only order from sites that use https://. This protocol secures information — like your credit card number, address and phone number — that you will need to enter to ship your purchases.

2. Do not make purchases online from a public wi-fi connection. Scammers can easily tap in and steal your information when the wi-fi is not secure.

3. Type in web addresses in the browser address bar. Email promotions are an easy way for scammers to trick you into clicking their malicious links.

4. Avoid using debit cards. Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, a debit card will not be reimbursed if it has been attained and used by an online scammer. Experts recommend using a credit card because charges can be disputed if you have become the victim of fraud or identity theft.

5.Before you shop, make sure your software security is up to date! Some scammers take advantage of any software that hasn't been updated.

If you run into problems or think you may have been scammed, contact your credit card company first to make sure other purchases cannot be made. River Run can assist in making sure your computer is not compromised and any malware is removed. Call us right away at: 414-228-5009.

Topics: Cyber Crime

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