IF you’re looking for a bargain this Black Friday, avoid getting scammed.
Hackers are all too aware of the interest as people try to save money ahead of Christmas.
Here are some cyber-related tips from experts at ESET to avoid getting ripped off.
Fake gift cards
Fake gift card scams have been around for years and unfortunately they still plague all our inboxes.
If you do get one, don’t be fooled – after all, nothing comes for free.
Clicking on it risks installing malware on your smartphone.
Scammers use big events like Black Friday as an opportunity to send out fake order updates.
Most often these are text messages telling you that you have missed your delivery and need to pay to re-arrange it.
Scammers risk using different names like Royal Mail or DPD as they know some people have used them and are expecting something.
That can make you think it must be real when it’s not.
If you are concerned about a delivery, your best bet is to go to the official website you entered yourself (not via links in the text) or call the company (again, do not call the numbers provided in the SMS).
Things like poor spelling and grammar should also be a red flag as scammers tend to do this quite often.
Use legitimate websites
It can be difficult to determine whether a trader is trustworthy or not.
While there are plenty of reputable big name websites, smaller retailers will also be getting involved in Black Friday.
Watch out for weird spelling mistakes on their website, this can be a sign scammers are at work.
And search for the site on Google to see if there are any reviews about the company.
Watch out for links sent by friends
If you get a message from a friend with a link out of the blue, think twice.
You may have been hacked and the scammer is using their account to recommend shady websites.
Avoid public WiFi
When shopping on the go, it’s good to research an item to see if it’s cheaper elsewhere.
If you must use public WiFi, make sure you are not making any purchases or accessing your online banking.
You have no idea how secure this network is – and a hacker could have infiltrated it.
Some hackers also create Wi-Fi networks with well-known names so that you can connect to them and reveal valuable data.
If you must use a public Wi-Fi network, a VPN can help minimize the risk.
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