5 ways to avoid scammers while shopping for Christmas online
SCAMS are on the rise during the holiday season as cybercriminals try to catch Christmas shoppers looking for the best deals on the internet.
For many Britons, Christmas shopping is a nightmare.
Many people have abandoned the high street due to a lack of options and the prospect of long lines.
This year, millions of people will shop for gifts online, but if you fall victim to one of the thousands of online scams, your Christmas could be ruined. This website has spoken to cyber experts to find out the best ways to keep your funds and personal information from falling into the wrong hands.
Experts are warning of a potential “scamdemic” over the holiday season as cybercriminals look to take advantage of gullible Christmas shoppers. Online shopping has soared during the pandemic, and now experts are warning of a potential “scamdemic” over the holiday season as cybercriminals look to take advantage of gullible Christmas shoppers.
According to research conducted by Callsign, a staggering 33% of UK consumers say their trust in retailers has decreased as a result of a scam.
According to Comparitech.com, online shopping scam reports increased by more than 70% during the peak holiday shopping season.
Here are the top five ways to avoid falling victim to an online scam this Christmas.
Paul Bischoff, a security and privacy advocate for Comparitech.com, advises Brits to exercise caution before purchasing something advertised online.
“Don’t click on ads,” he told this website.
If you want to purchase something from an advertisement, look it up on Google or in a reputable store.
“Many online ads are deceptive or fraudulent.”
This year, scammers are likely to take advantage of ongoing supply chain issues.
“Desperate shoppers may resort to websites they might not normally trust in the hopes of getting that PS5 or iPhone 13,” Mr Biscoff said.
However, he cautioned against using unfamiliar sights in order to secure your loved ones’ most-wanted Christmas present.
“Never send payment through channels other than official channels,” Mr Biscoff advised.
“It’s probably a scam if an eBay vendor asks for payment outside of Ebay’s official payment system, for example.”
Use secure payment platforms like PayPal, and legitimate websites should accept common payment methods like credit cards.
If a website tries to persuade you to use it, be wary.
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