In the lead-up to Black Friday, FortiGuard Labs has identified scams involving counterfeit websites which appear to be legitimate e-commerce sites.

Several high-profile brands were targeted, including Facebook’s Oculus, Amazon’s Blink, Shimano, Keurig and Nespresso.

Black Friday scam warning

Beware of fake websites

FortiGuard said approximately 30% of all retail sales occur between Black Friday and Christmas Day, therefore it’s important to be vigilant before parting with your hard-earned money.

While some of these fake websites may appear to be the real deal, scammers will exploit your trust of a particular brand to steal your payment information.

FortiGuard said: “Fake e-commerce sites are quickly becoming the latest threat to consumers and they cover a wide range of products to lure potential buyers.”

Targeted brands

The company said it recently “came across an active scam that leverages the look and feel of the world’s largest companies […] to compel and lure victims into making purchases from their site”.

It has to be said: These fake sites are in no way affiliated to Facebook, Amazon, Nespresso…

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