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2015 Holiday Scams

By Christina Southern on Dec 7, 2015 7:15:32 AM

Our friends at IDShield are warning folks about fraud scams this holiday season. Protect yourself this Christmas by being in the know:

1. “Secret” & Illegal Gifting Scam
The “secret sisters” gift exchange is popping up on social media. Invitees are told to send a $10 gifFullSizeRendert to the next person on the list and invite 6 friends to join. This is a scam. Participating violates the Postal Lottery Statute.

2. Chip Card Scam
Not all debit & credit card issuers have sent new EMV chip cards to their customers yet. Knowing this, scammers are telling people that they must provide personal data or money to obtain a new card. This is not true.

3.  Fake Shipping Notices
Scammers send a fake e-mail that claims a package was sent by you or is to be delivered to you. The purpose: to try to collect personal data or download a virus. Delete it without responding.

4. Fake E-Commerce Websites
Fraudulent websites are common. So, finding a fabulous offer from a website with which you are not familiar could be a red flag. Remember: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Topics: Industry News, Security


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