Modern-day criminals’ new go-to is holiday scams.
With the holiday season in full swing, scammers are targeting an increasing number of prospective victims by using COVID-19 to carry out some of their most well-known schemes. Because internet shopping has become the primary source of purchasing for people looking for holiday specials, snacks, and gifts, fraudsters have altered their tactics to especially target these people.
The FBI Issues a Public Alert Regarding Holiday Scams
In a news release, the FBI Minneapolis warns of the dangers of scammers while also offering tips on how to avoid them. Scammers are looking forward to the holidays to “swindle innocent shoppers,” according to Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office. The Minneapolis Field Office issued a caution to shoppers, advising them to be wary of holiday scams and providing a list of some of the more frequent ones. Online shopping scams, social media shopping scams, work-from-home scams, gift card scams, charity scams, and reshipping scams are all examples of these types of frauds.
Scams in Online Shopping
Scammers use advertising or phishing emails to offer “too-good-to-be-true” offers to online shoppers. These invitations would entice victims with websites selling brand-name products at ridiculously low costs. According to the FBI, the things being offered may not be the same as those described.
Consumers should stick to reputable websites and avoid ads that offer unrealistic discounts with special codes, according to the FBI. Victims of these online shopping scams risk giving over their personal information and credit cards in exchange for nothing.
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Other Common Scams
Social media shopping scams operate through posts on social media platforms that offer gift vouchers in exchange for sharing or circulating links. Participants are usually subsequently requested to complete a survey in order for scammers to collect their personal information. These advertisements may occasionally lead to fake links that are aimed to steal participants’ personal information.
Participants in work-from-home scams are offered work or opportunity to make money. These job postings may steal candidate information by emphasizing convenience as the primary selling feature.
Some scams work by soliciting people to buy gift cards for them in exchange for a greater payment. A significant number of these occurrences are also accompanied by requests for wire transfer payments. Click here to read more about the common Business Email Compromise scenarios.
There are other frauds that target good-hearted people who want to donate to charity. This con works by enticing you to do something. News from Brinkwire in a nutshell.