15 Dec Season’s Cheatings! Get Wise to Holiday Shopping Scams
Black Friday has kicked off the official holiday shopping season, so here’s a rundown of the most common scams aimed at shoppers — and how you can avoid them:
The name game
Scammer-run websites use the names of popular items and retailers to steal credit card and password information or deliver malware. You’re led to them when you do online keyword searches, including terms like “discount toys.”
Search away to compare prices, but before you click on links, carefully read the URL. Last season, scores of scammer-run websites spoofed online retailer Overstock — usually with extra words, letters or numbers between “overstock” and the dot-com.
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