Are you planning on taking advantage of online or in-store deals this Black Friday? If so, here are a few common seasonal scams you should know about, via the security company, McAfee.
With increasingly large numbers of Americans shopping online, cyber-criminals and scammers are using the Internet to trick shoppers into clicking deceptive links that may look like shipping notifications, gift cards or contests.
A quick rule of thumb: if you're not sure who the sender is or who posted the link, it's safer not to follow the link and accidently - or unknowingly - provide a scammer with any identifiable personal information.
However, seasonal scams don't stop with fake links. Another scam that pops up during the holidays is a scam we have told you about before: the fake charity scam. This type of scam preys on the best intentions of people, as scammers use victims' willingness to help those in need as a way into their pocketbooks.
A tip for avoiding charity scams: look into the charity online, do your research and make sure you have done your due diligence on the person or organization with whom you are dealing.
If you think you may have provided information to a fraudulent company or scammer, make sure to contact your credit card company, your local police and report it to the Federal Trade Commission here.