More people are skipping the crowded stores of the holidays and turning to the web for seasonal shopping. There are some great deals to be found but also some scams consumers should be aware of.
Technology website Techlicious recently put together a list of the top three scams to be wary of as you make purchases online. Here’s a summary of those scams to watch for:
1. Unknown websites
Some sites will try to lure you in with discounted coupons. In exchange you’ll often be asked to fork over extensive personal information. That’s a major red flag. You can typically catch a scam website by looking at the url. If the website’s name has a mispelling, say Taarget instead of Target, you’ll know it’s a fake.
Never open an offer in your inbox or via text that comes from an account or number you don’t recognize. At best it might be spam, at worst it could be malicious.
3. Bogus Gift Cards
Sometimes you’ll see an offer for a gift card at a great price – $25 for a $50 card, for example. That offer might not be legit. You shouldn’t have to submit extensive personal information to get any offer.
Some of these scams may seem easy to avoid with a little common sense – especially for the technology savvy. As the holidays approach however, make sure to talk to elderly relatives, or those who are just starting to make purchases online. A little early advice could save a lot of trouble down the road.