BLACK Friday shoppers have been warned about getting scammed this holiday season — but luckily there are ways to spot a fake scheme.
Americans are being urged to avoid phishing schemes, look out for credit card skimming attacks, and research charities’ authenticity before giving donations.
When shopping online, it’s also important to double-check product prices and avoid “too good to be true” deals from unknown websites.
Black Friday, which occurs on the Friday after Thanksgiving annually, will take place on November 26, 2021, so online shoppers still have some time to learn about scams to avoid.
PHISHING EMAILS & TEXTS
According to CNET, hackers will try to obtain personal information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, or account passwords by sending out emails and texts linking to non-legitimate websites.
Fake websites trick shoppers into thinking they are getting contacted by a company, ultimately leading them to provide their card information.
Shoppers may be fooled by emails showing an incorrect order, so it’s important to look out for attacks like this that will likely appear to come from big retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
It’s best to be weary of emails requesting payment method updates or other personal information.
StaySafeOnline.org also suggests…