How to avoid Phishing (and no, we aren't talking about the band)

People want to shop ‘till they drop! :

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner and 69 percent of Americans — an estimated 164 million people — are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend (source NRF).

 

But they don’t necessarily want to leave their sofas: PayPal’s 2017 Holiday Money Habits study finds that 80% of shoppers in the U.S. will shop on a mobile device this season, with almost half (45 percent) of Americans claiming mobile as their preferred holiday shopping device

 

Buyer beware: With mobile shopping so accessible it’s easy to get duped. Here are rules to live by:

1) If the offer is too good to be true it probably is. Example: an iPhone that retails for $1,000 is being offered at $300. This is a scam.

2) Don’t get caught up in the rush: we are in a sprint to get things done quickly- it’s best to make a list, slow down, price compare and do your research. Getting caught up may end up costing you.

3) Be wary of words like “official site” or “outlet store” OR if a URL uses dashes or dots in between words. For example “amazon dash today dot GA” is not a legit Amazon site.

4) BE REALLY CAREFUL if you get emails about a delivery service failure from a big retailer or Fed Ex OR USPS. This is generally a phishing scam used to get your information. Call these places directly if you are concerned.

 

Two in five U.S. consumers have fallen victim to an online phishing attack, (source: 2017 Cyber Monday Phishing Survey by Domain Tools)