The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released a Scam Alert regarding fraudulent ads for normally expensive items, such as cars and boats, at discounted prices. With the increase in online shoppers, the techniques used by scammers to fraud them have also improved. Hackers make use of various methods such as fake deals, fake discounts emails including malicious link, bogus discounted coupons, etc. to gain personal information of the consumers and cause them financial damage.
These scammers often create legitimate looking fake website and offer exciting discounts. Online shoppers become victims by clicking on the advertisement and providing their personal details to these scammers.
Online shoppers are encouraged to review the IC3 Scam Alert for details, refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks Cyber Security Tip for information on social engineering attacks, and refer to the Shopping Safely Online Cyber Security Tip for information on online shopping safety.
Moreover, eScan recommends the below tips for safe online shopping experience.
- Use trustworthy anti-virus software for your computer and keep your computer’s security software up-to-date.
- Look for signs of encryption, starting from web address with https, wherein “s” stands for secure.
- Research well about the website before purchasing anything. If you come across any discount offer on that site, check its authenticity and then avail the offer.
- Online shoppers should always visit the official website by typing its URL or address in the Web browser address bar. Be cautious if you see a broken key or an open padlock symbol in your Internet browser.
- We may receive emails from unknown sender; never click on the links embedded within an unsolicited e-mail.
Often you may receive emails offering amazing discounts, but to get the benefit of that discount you are asked to provide your banking credentials or your card number. Be extra cautious and never provide your banking information or other details through email.