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FBI Warns Of Cyber Monday Scams
If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.
Authorities are warning consumers to take extra precautions today, also known as Cyber Monday, as well as the rest of the holiday season when buying gifts online.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center offers several tips on how to protect yourself from getting scammed.
The top piece of advice is pretty timeless: If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.
Here are some other tips :
• Beware of new products or gift cards being sold on auction or classified advertisement websites where the price is significantly lower than any sale price in traditional retail outlets
• Steer clear of “One day only” websites featuring the sale of specific items that are in high demand
• Be on the lookout for, and beware of, phishing and scam emails, text messages, or phone calls that look or sound like they’re coming from a well-known retailer and that ask to verify a credit card number or to update personal account information
• Do not fall for gift card offers on social media sites that are supposedly from a major retailer. These offers often are used to gain access to social media accounts and personal information.