The holiday season is finally here and with so many online deals (such as Cyber Monday), we as a society are purchasing more products from the internet. While it may be faster and more convenient to shop online, it is also becoming increasingly dangerous. For the unsuspecting online shopper, there has been a vast increase in fraudulent online activity and theft of personal information.
There are many different ways in which these cyber criminals are targeting online consumers. Phishing e-mails, which are designed to steal your money and personal information by installing malicious software (malware) onto your computer, is one of the most prevalent forms of cyber scams. Also, these cyber criminals will send false e-mails and create fraudulent websites to imitate legitimate businesses in order to infect an unsuspecting online shopper’s computer with malware.
The Department of Homeland Security describes a few of the most common phishing scams:
There is another common phishing scam and that is through an e-mail claiming to be your credit card company. The e-mail details that there has been a fraudulent charge and you must click the link to sign into your account. While this may look like a legitimate e-mail from your credit card company and appear to be a legitimate website, it is fraudulent. If there is a fraudulent charge on your account the company will not ask you to respond via e-mail. If the company calls, they will not ask for detailed personal information such as you social security number. .
Some helpful hints to remember to avoid becoming the victim of a phishing scam:
Protect your identity and your personal information. Be aware of your actions on the internet and over the phone. Do not give these cyber criminals access to your life.
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