After the holiday madness, criminals are banking on you losing track of your online purchases.
“Unfortunately, on social media right after Christmas, we see a lot of people running scams try to get money out of hard-working folks,” said Greg Dunn, CEO, Better Business Bureau of Hawaii.
The newest scam online is through social media or an email, supposedly from a big national retailer, saying your delivery is ready for pickup.
If you click on the link, it takes you to a website that looks like the national retailer.
“It is very easy to fall prey to this because the scammer have gotten so good at scraping logos, the information, even the color of the websites,” Dunn said, “so it may appear to be a legitimate website, but it wasn’t. So if you are looking too quickly and think it is legitimate, it makes it very easy to fall prey to that scam.”
The website either uploads a virus on to your computer or email account looking for your private financial information.
It’s always a good idea to keep track of your online purchases and remember that big retailers won’t send you a Facebook message about an order.
If you are unsure, always ask. You can call the retailer directly or the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii at (808) 536-6956.
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