Hackers put a lot of thought and effort into coming up with new ways to fool the unsuspecting consumer, especially during the holiday season. Here are some recent scams you should watch for.
Fake Charity Websites
Increasingly, hackers are setting up fake charity websites to scam people with good intentions. To guarantee that you’re donating to a reputable charity, make sure the charity you're considering doating to is registered with the Secretary of State and find out how much of your contribution will go to the charitable fundraiser and how much will go to the needy.
Fake Gift Cards
Gift cards are often purchased as last-ditch present ideas for birthdays or holidays, but they are also one of the primary ways scammers use to make a quick buck. If you see deals on online auction sites for discounted gift cards, beware -- the cards could easily be stolen, making them worthless. Make sure that you purchase gift cards from trusted, licensed vendors.
Track Your Packages
It's sometimes to coordinate package delivery to your home while you’re there. That's why it is has become all too common for theives to follow delivery trucks around during the holiday season, then grab packages off porches moments after they have been delivered. To keep this from becoming a problem, ask that your package require a signature upon delivery, or have it shipped to your work address.
Credit Card Skimmers
Though this one has been around for several years, it's still widespread. Some thieves use credit card skimming devices to steal your data from ATMs or point-of-sale terminals. Always take note of the device that you’re using to pay with a card to ensure that it hasn’t been tampered with.
Stay Safe Online
To stay safe this holiday season follow this brief list of security best practices:
Jerry Fetty is the CEO and founder of SMART I.T. Services, Inc. Jerry has been called the "Geek King". He has been helping companies make smart decisions about their networks and automation systems for over 30 years.