By Emily Alvarenga
Signal Senior Staff Writer
No one is immune to scams, not even Nathan Grant, senior credit industry analyst at Credit Card Insider, who tells the story of a time he was tricked online by a change-of-address site.
“I just Googled ‘free change of address,’ and … I clicked on the first link that came up that looked completely legit,” Grant said. “It had the U.S. Postal Service logos and everything, but ended up being a fraudulent site.”
While the site actually provided the service, it charged Grant $45, rather than the $1 it’d advertised.
“So, you’d be none the wiser, if you didn’t pay attention to your transactions,” Grant added.
With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s almost guaranteed many of us will be headed online to do some of our holiday shopping.
Over the years, the internet has revolutionized the way people shop, making it as easy as a couple of clicks for items to show up at your doorstep a few days later.
It has also led to an increase in scammers, with shoppers being scammed every single day online.
With more online shopping also comes more credit card fraud, which has become one of the fastest growing forms of identity theft, according to Grant.
Finding trusted websites to shop on
“Fraudsters are looking for every opportunity they can to try and scam people,” Grant said, adding that there are ways people can avoid being scammed by fake sites.