How to Detect Online Holiday Deal Scams

It’s the season for holly and mistletoe, but unfortunately that means that the scammers are working overtime. They know that a record amount of online shopping is being done online this year (and especially this Cyber Week) – and a lot of it is being done at work – so they are trying hard to infect computer systems and steal info.

How is it being done? Mostly by offering incredible sounding deals in an email message that when clicked, take you to a completely fraudulent website whose purpose is to get you to type in that credit card info or to infect your computer with malware.

So tell your users to stop and think. If they see a deal for a 60″ LED flatscreen TV for $299 from a vendor you’ve never heard of, stay away!

And these ‘deals’ are coming via social media and on mobile devices too.

So warn your users. And as the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

 


 

Author: Glenn Mores

President & CEO MicroData