The following information is provided by the FBI:
At this time of year, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reminds consumers to be wary of Internet fraud during the holiday shopping season.
Here are a few of the scams to look out for if you're shopping online:
- New products or gift cards being sold on auction or classified advertisement websites where the price is significantly lower than any sales price in retail outlets;
- “One day only” websites featuring the sale of specific items in high demand;
- 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 you to verify a credit card number or to update personal account information; and
- Gift card offers on social media sites claiming to be from major retailers…often, these offers are used to gain access to your social media account and personal information.
The FBI's #1 tip to avoid being a victim of cyber scams: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
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