Black Friday has traditionally been the day that ignites the holiday shopping season, sending masses of crowds through retailers across the nation. Unfortunately, it's also a day that spawns a season of shopping scams.
Here are four scams to watch out for on Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season:
2. Phishing emails
Phishing emails are nothing new, but they can be difficult to spot among the barrage of promotional emails flooding inboxes during this time of year.
Here are two common variations of phishing scams:
Account verification.The victim receives an email appearing to be from a retailer they frequently shop. It informs them that someone has tried to hack into their account. They're asked to verify their account, or update their account details, through an embedded link. Doing so, however, will give a scammer access to their account. The scammer can now rack up a huge bill and leave the victim to pick up the tab.
The victim receives an email asking them to confirm an order made through Amazon or another large e-tailer. They'll be asked to verify the order details through an embedded link. Unfortunately, doing so will give their personal information directly to the scammers.
Avoid Black Friday scams
Stay safe this holiday season!
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Another round of stimulus checks are already on their way. That's great news for many. Unfortunately, the bad news is that another round of stimulus check scams are underway, too. Protect yourself by learning all about these scams.How the scam plays out
Stimulus check scams can be ordinary phishing scams, which is when a criminal asks a victim to provide personal information. They then go on to empty the victim's account.
In another variety of the scam, a victim receives an email instructing them to download an embedded link to get their check.
In yet another stimulus check scam, a criminal will impersonate an IRS official demanding a processing fee for the check.
Technology has made it way too easy for scammers. But, if you know what to look for, you can beat them at their game and stop a scam before it gets past step one.
Another phone call, another scam.
It can sometimes feel like scammers have some kind of competition going to see who can hit you with the most robocalls in a day. In fact, according to Truecaller, scams and robocalls account for 67% of all phone calls in the U.S. Each American will receive an average of 28 of these calls a month. More than just an annoyance, scam calls cost 56 million Americans a financial loss in 2020.
One of the most common scams pulled off over the phone is the auto warranty scam. Here's all you need to know about this scam and how to protect yourself from falling victim:
How the scam plays out
In this ruse, scammers posing as representatives of a car dealer or manufacturer will call to tell you that your auto warranty is about to expire. The scammer will then segue into a pitch for renewing your warranty. During the call, you may be prompted to press a number to stay on the line, and then are asked to provide personal information to continue the process of renewing your warranty. If you follow instructions, you will be playing right into a scam.
How to spot a scam
It is possible for legitimate auto warranty companies to call you about purchasing or renewing a warranty. Look out for these red flags to help you pick out the authentic calls from the scams:
Follow these tips to keep yourself safe from auto warranty scams and similar ruses:
Alert the authorities
If you are targeted by a suspected scammer, you can alert the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the FCC Complaint Center. These calls likely violate telemarketing and robocall regulations, and by alerting the FCC, you can help them identify the scammers.
If the call you received involved fraud, you can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov.
Robocalls are incredibly annoying, but getting scammed is more than just an irritating experience. Follow our tips to protect yourself from auto warranty scams and similar ruses.
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Did you also know that your credit score can make it easier to rent an apartment, qualify for a good cell phone plan, and pay less for insurance? A higher score can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year, which can add up to significant savings.
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