Here are the four most common Black Friday scams, as well as how to avoid them.
Regardless of how appealing the bargains appear, learning how to stay safe during Black Friday 2021 is critical, with two-thirds of adults in the UK being targeted by scammers.
Citizens Advice has released alarming data showing that scammers targeted 36 million adults in the UK between January and June, accounting for two-thirds of the population.
Now, with Black Friday 2021 approaching and a surge in the number of bargain-hunting shoppers, scammers are expected to be particularly active, according to banking services provider thinkmoney.
While shopping for bargains from the comfort of your own home may appear to be a better option than fighting someone for the last blender in the store, there are still significant risks to be aware of when shopping online.
They warn that scammers will cast a wide net, and that while most victims will not bite, only a small percentage will fall into their trap, allowing them to make large sums of money.
It only takes one lapse of concentration to end up in deep water, so stay vigilant and do everything you can to protect yourself.
Keep an eye out for the following types of scams and learn how to deal with them.
Scammers aren’t afraid to imitate big companies like Amazon and PayPal.
Be wary of purchase emails from large companies for items you don’t recall purchasing.
There are a few things you can do if an email from a company makes you suspicious.
Pay special attention to the sender’s email address; the domain name is the part of the address that comes after the @ symbol.
It is paid for by the company and can be a significant indicator of a scammer.
Often, the domains will be drastically different from the real thing, and this should be obvious.
Check it against real emails you may have received from them in the past if it’s a more realistic attempt at impersonating the domain name.
Another thing to keep an eye out for are spelling errors.
These things can happen to anyone, but they’re much less likely to happen at large companies with a large number of proofreaders.
It’s possible that an email is a scam if it’s full of typos.
Fake invoices, like fake emails, are a common tactic.
Examine all of your invoices.
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