Cyber scammers are increasingly targeting Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers hunting for bargains with devious scams. But by following some simple precautions you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of an online scam.
- Be aware of phishing emails that promise huge discounts urging you to click a link or attachment. Check the link to see if it is legitimate. If in doubt, don't click or open any attachments.
- Check that the network you’re using is secure before you make any financial transaction and never assume a public Wi-Fi hotspot is secure.
- Pay by credit card for high value items. Credit cards offer you protection if things go wrong with a purchase.
- Ensure you have up-to-date security software/apps running on your computer and mobile devices.
- Only buy from reputable websites you trust
- Ensure that payment pages are secure, by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar.
- Be wary of goods advertised on social media sites. They can often be fake or even not exist.
- Be wary of counterfeit/replica goods. Don’t buy fakes intentionally or get duped into buying them, however cheap or authentic.
- Use strong password. Think #ThreeRandomWords. Consider using a password manager and where possible activate two-factor authentication.
- If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Top Tips
02 Jan 19 11:12 AM