The holiday shoppers need to be aware of the scammers, whose primary focus in this season is stealing personal information and money. The FBI Little Rock wants the local shoppers to shop without any fear of scam, and want them to be aware of the scamming techniques.
In 2019, $22,681,000 were lost by Arkansans because of scams, and the FBI is more vigilant towards these scammers now. Below are the few frauds that casually happen in holiday seasons, If you are aware of them, then you will most probably not become a victim of the holiday season stealing.
- Online shopping scam: if the deal doesn’t look realistic enough to be accurate, then most probably it isn’t. this includes the values related to cyber Monday and Black Friday where unfamiliar brands offer miraculous discounts on branded products. If you’re not aware of these scams, then you might fall for these tricks and lose your bucks, personal information and be at risk.
- Payment red flags: if a website’s payment method is only through gift cards, then beware of that site or seller. This type of payment allows the scammer to receive illegal funds quickly, so make sure you use credit cards for a price which is the safest option.
- Charity scams: Frauds based on charity grow during holiday time. These scammers use email campaigns, phone calls, fake websites to make the individual contributions in fraud-based charity.
How can we avoid these fraud scams:
Make sure security of all your financial accounts with strong passphrases and passwords. Secondly, the FBI suggests to keep a different password for every account before online shopping or completing any finance-related task.
- Check bank and credit card statements routinely, including after making online purchases and in the weeks following the holiday season.
- Never share your date of birth, billing address, or social security number to someone you don’t know as your personal information can give them access to your accounts.
- Be precautious of providing your details to any promotion or giveaway.
- Before donating to any charity, verify that they have a valid Taxpayer Identification number by visiting their website or calling the charity directly.
- Verify the taxpayer identification number before donating charity by contacting the charity now or visiting their website.