Cyber Monday sales were up 5.8 percent totaling $11.3 billion this year. With e-commerce booming, the focus now is keeping your data safe while shopping online.
It’s safe to say with the ease of shopping from the comfort of your home along with speedy delivery and curbside pickup, online shopping is here to stay.
The boom in online shopping has opened the floodgates for online fraud and scams. The strategy for thieves – stay a step ahead and cast a wide worldwide net that targets both you and retailers.
There are four primary ways that thieves are targeting you online:
- Fake Websites
- Third-party sellers through legitimate sites
- Social Media
- Text Messages
We spoke with fraud experts to get their take on how to best protect yourself online.
Free Tools & Resources
- VirusTotal analyzes files, domains, IP and URLs to detect malware and other breaches.
- FakeSpot is used as a Chrome extension and analyzes user reviews to spot phony reviews
- ReviewMeta allows you to copy and paste a site’s URL on their page to analyze it.
- WhoIs.com is a directory that allows you to search any website to see who the site is registered to, when the site was established, along with contact location. A newer site or foreign-based might be a cause for red flags.
Don’t hesitate to report criminal activity to the FBI. Don’t be embarrassed to file a complaint. We receive about 800 complaints a day, and many of those victims are duped by professional con men.
– Kenneth Klocke, FBI Special Agent
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