CYBER Monday scams are a threat to Americans as the FBI has warned that hackers are targeting shoppers with “One-Day Only’” store promotions.
FBI Little Rock warned in a November 18 press release that Arkansans should be aware of scammers this holiday season.
Although the message is intended for residents of the Bear State – the warning applies to anyone across the US who plans to shop online during the holiday season.
The FBI notice states: “Shoppers hunting for a good deal should be on the lookout for increasingly aggressive and innovative scams designed by criminals to steal money and personal information.
“According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), Arkansans lost over $16,140,000 just in 2020 from to a variety of criminal scams.
“This year, FBI Little Rock wants shoppers statewide to enjoy a scam-free holiday season by remaining vigilant against the following schemes.”
Shoppers who are planning to make purchases from their computers or mobile devices are being warned to watch out for too-good-to-be-true deals.
The FBI is warning that scammers usually attack “Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargain hunters” by using “One-Day Only” promotions from well-known brands.
Shoppers should avoid websites with “unrealistic discounts on brand-name merchandise,” the agency adds.