December 21, 2022

Avoid Online Shopping Scams

Hand holding mobile phone with word "Fake!" showing in red on the screen.

Continuing your holiday shopping this weekend? Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails or emails from unfamiliar sources. The links may lead to an illegitimate website attempting to get you to enter your credit card or other personal information. Some links may download malware (malicious software, such as computer viruses) to your computer when you click on them that can steal your banking information, including login identification, passwords, and credit or debit card numbers. These emails typically look very similar to ones sent by well-known retailers.

Be on the lookout for emails that have typos or other obvious mistakes. In addition, be skeptical of email attachments described as coupons, rebates, or payment forms – they could include malware. And avoid email offers that seem “too good to be true.” If an email promises popular items for free or a surprisingly low price, it is probably a scam.

For more ways to shop safely online read this article from the FDIC: www.fdic.gov/resources/consumers/consumer-news/2022-12.html.