This time of year typically brings frequent online and in-store purchases. Whether its through a mobile app, a website, or in-person, be aware and diligent about who you are purchasing goods and services from. Some of the latest scams include:
- E-skimming: you could be re-directed to a malicious domain where the skimming code captures your information from the checkout page via a weak link. Your information could be sent to a remote server where the data is collected by criminals behind the scene.
- Social Media Scams: a newer version of online shopping scams involves the use of social media platforms to set up fake, online stores. By using social media to advertise the fake website; they’ll take your payment, but you will never see the goods.
- Porch Pirates: Year-round, but especially near the holidays, criminals steal packages from the doorsteps / porches of unsuspecting homes, apartments, businesses, etc.
- Shipment Update Scams: Fraudsters send a fake email notifying you of a delivery failure or the request for updated shipping information. The email may look like it’s coming from the original sender, but it contains a link with malware.
- Donation and Fake Charities: Similar to online scams, donation scams often try to replicate a charity website convincing you to donate money – which goes right to the criminal.