How safe are you when you shop online? Check out the answers below for what to improve.
1. The Publix Coupon– CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Fradulent coupons are often shared on social media. If you click on this you might be redirected to a survey and prompted enter personal information or download a malicious application onto your computer.
- If you see a coupon like this on your Facebook feed check to make sure the page posting these is the company’s official page. Official Facebook pages will have a blue verified check mark next to their name. With a quick Google search you can see supermarket chain Publix was founded in 1930, not 1918 as this post claims.
2. The PayPal Site — CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Fraudulent sites sell designer products at very low costs– the holidays bring a lot of promotional sales but if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
3. The IPATA shipment — CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Don’t let the fluffy puppies blind your reason! Better Business Bureau has flagged an uptick of pet scammers online. They will ask low prices, often add travel costs and won’t be able to provide good information about the breeders.
- IPATA is a legitimate International Pet Shipping Agency, check on their site to make a claiming to work with IPATA is listed on the IPATA site.
- Reverse image search all the photos to make sure they’re not snagged from elsewhere. Also, keep in mind that most reputable breeders have their own websites.
4. The McAfee warning — CORRECT ANSWER: LEGITIMATE
- If you see this you have an antivirus extension like McAfee WebAdvisor of Norton Safe Web, by clicking the button in the middle it should redirect you to the page you were looking for.
- BUT if there’s a phone number on a page like this telling you to call it and you can’t exit out of the window it’s likely a scam. Check out antivirus extensions like McAfee WebAdvisor or Norton Safe Web if you haven’t already!
5. Facebook Secret Santa — CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Facebook brings a mix of people together, but this call out for gifts is definitely a pyramid scheme.
- This sort of scam will give hackers access to your contact information like name, email, and mailing addresses. According to the US Postal service, facilitators are charged with mail fraud. Unfriend or unfollow the person who posted or shared this message and scroll on by.
6. Applications in Google Play Store — CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Even though Google vets the apps in the Play Store some fake applications slip by, like the 2018 was a WhatsApp copycat. Malicious applications can geotag your location, access your contacts, and steal you data.
- Tell the difference between fake applications and real ones by looking at the developer name, how many installs, and recent ratings.
7. Online auction Catawiki — CORRECT ANSWER: SCAM
- Though this site is not a scam it is known for peddling fake products, especially imitation jewelry and gemstones.
- When shopping online keep in mind you have to keep away from malicious internet pages and vet the sites you give your money to.
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