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Put  the Hold It on Holiday Scams

☷Put the Hold It on Holiday Scams

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   As many of us will be shopping online this holiday season for the convenience of avoiding the crowds and finding that deal; be aware that shopping online also provides a unique opportunity for would - be scammers . During the holiday season , scammers become more creative and bold while preying on the unsuspecting consumer . To mitigate your chances of being victimized by an online scam FBI Richmond encourages consumers to treat online shopping as you would walking into a physical location – be aware , be alert and safeguard your personal information and finances...... . Be proactive:Do not click on emails/texts from unknown senders . Independently verify the legitimacy of websites before providing personal and financial information . Conduct a business inquiry on the Better Business Bureau’s website ( www . bbb . org ) of the online retailer . Steer clear of unfamiliar sites or ads that offer items at unrealistic discounted prices—if a deal from an unknown seller seems too good to be true , it more than likely is . Be wary of online retailers who use a free e - mail service instead of a company e - mail address . Beware of purchases or services that require payment with gift cards , cryptocurrency or wire transfers . Secure all financial accounts with strong passwords or passphrases . Thoroughly check credit card statements; and if possible , consider setting up credit card transaction auto alerts . Never make purchases using public Wi - Fi . Always get a tracking number for items purchased online , and track orders through your original confirmation e - mail . Purchase gift cards directly from a trusted merchant . Ensure the anti - virus/malware software is up to date on your computer and block pop - up windows . The two most prevalent holiday shopping scams are non - delivery and non - payment crimes . In a non - delivery scam , a buyer pays for goods or services they find online , but those items are never received . Conversely , a non - payment scam involves goods or services being shipped , but the seller is never paid . According to the FBI’s 2021 Internet Crime Report , the Internet Crime Complaint Center ( IC3 ) received a combined 108 , 869 complaints of non - delivery/non - payment crimes in 2021 , totaling over $337 million in losses to victims . Other scams to be mindful of this season include:Online Shopping ScamsScammers offer deals through phishing e - mails or advertisements . Social Media ScamsScammers will use social media sites to offer holiday promotions , vouchers or gift cards through the completion of surveys designed to compromise your personal information . Gift Card ScamsVictims receive a spoofed e - mail , call or text asking them to purchase multiple gift cards for personal or business reasons . Charity ScamsCriminals set up fake charities and profit from persons who believe they are donating to a legitimate organization . Verify a valid Taxpayer Identification number by calling the charity directly or visiting their website . Smartphone App ScamsScammers design mobile apps designed as free games that steal your personal information . What To Do If You Are A Victim If you find you’ve been victimized by an online scam , FBI Richmond recommends taking the following actions:Contact your financial institution immediately after discovering any fraudulent or suspicious activity and request they stop or reverse the transactions . Request your financial institution contact the corresponding financial institution where the fraudulent or suspicious transfer was sent . Report the activity to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www . IC3 . gov , regardless of the dollar loss; documenting all relevant information in the complaint . Additional ( FBI . gov ) Resources:Common Scams and CrimesOn the Internet: Be Cautious When Connected


24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )



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