Beware of Online Christmas Scams

Christmas is on the door and I already started receiving online offers and Christmas special schemes.

Holidays are the new strategies for online advertisers and scammers to trap consumers with their attractive deals.

But are you sure that all of the schemes will positively work out? Most of the emails and attachments consist of malicious content that could harm your pc with a single click or download.

Not only emails, but scammers also target social networking sites too by offering smart giveaways.

So there are lots of methods to deceit people with such offers. Let’s see a few of the tricks that scammers use to cheat people and how to prevent you from getting trapped.

Email Phishing -Email Christmas scams

This is one of the oldest tricks that are still in use. Scammers will post eye-catching offers; maybe they’ll offer you the gift FREE of cost.

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When you click they’ll ask for your personal details like name, address, contact number, etc. that will be saved in their records after submitting the form.

They might use those details for deceptive purposes. Some emails include an attachment. When downloaded, it will infect your pc with malicious content.

Social Network Scams

This process is mostly used nowadays in order to target more victims. Since most people are socially active, scammers aim sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread infection.

Scammers will post links that will lead you to a disloyal site on clicking. Those sites might infect your pc or steal your confidential details. So Christmas is a perfect time for scammers to post such treacherous links.

False Giveaways
Do not get driven away with attractive giveaways from untrustworthy sites. Scammers will offer a free product in exchange for a few rules that can steal your personal details. They’ll ask you to share the post, invite your friend with a link and give them your confidential detail that’s not a pretty safe regulation. I met several such giveaways those never announced the results.

Online Charitable Organizations
An organization asking you to donate to poor children or the homeless this Christmas might be a FAKE society.

Several scam charitable organizations are opening up online to fool you. They gather your sympathy by showing images of the homeless poor children, claiming to fulfill their dreams with the money you donate.

Malicious Apps, Ecards and Shopping Schemes
Beware of the e-greetings sent by a non-familiar sender. That e-card can disappoint you with something malicious in it.

Also, do not download unknown apps on your phone if you are not quite sure about its genuineness.

If you are an online shopper then avoid trusting attractive deals from fraudulent e-commerce sites. They might never ship your product and hence take the money away.

These are the fraudulent schemes that scammers generally use to target people. Get rid of them and spend our Christmas the natural way. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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