AS WE approach Black Friday and Christmas gift buying season, you need to watch out for online scams.
This time of year can see a rise in criminals promoting fake deals or pretending to sell goods.
Fortunately, there are a few tell tale signs of these scams that you can look out for.
Tech expert Mathew Newfield of Unisys told Digital Journal: “If a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is.”
You need to keep an eye out for fake deals and large discounts.
Getting drawn into a fake deal could see you lose a lot of money and can even result in your personal information being stolen.
You also need to watch out for people contacting you over social media or email and pretending to sell popular Christmas gifts.
Always make sure you can check the validity of a seller by looking at reviews or buying from a well known retailer.
You should also look up reviews for a product you’re thinking of buying.
Check the email addresses of anyone who messages you to check if they are trying to imitate a company.
You should never give personal details like financial information away to anyone you’re unsure of.
Be wary of emails that try and convince you to click on a suspicious link or download a file.
These are tricks hackers use to load malware on your device.
You should also watch out for deal messages that try and put time pressure on you.
Often scammers will try and encourage you make a quick decision so they can catch you off guard before you’ve had time to really think.
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