Scams can be anything from a fake Amazon website to a text message about a refund from someone pretending to be Walmart. If you engage, they may steal your credit card information or your identity.
The Deseret News has published “Four tips for avoiding Black Friday scams.”
1. Be mindful of phishing attacks
Scammers tailor their emails or text messages toward events like Black Friday and lure them into giving personal information. The scammers will impersonate a legitimate business like Amazon and ask you to update your payment information or update information about a pending delivery.
Do not click any links within the email. Instead, go to the company’s website to check the status of an order.
For more information, see Phishing.org.
2. Don’t give out any codes
Another common scam is someone pretending to call from your bank. The scammer informs you that there is a problem with your account. To fix the issue, they say that they are sending you a verification code that will help prove your identity.
By posing as the company, they turn the tables on you. You’re put on the spot and expected to prove who you are. Actually, they’re the criminal, and they already have your password. The code you hand over will allow them to process a payment or log into your account with two-factor authentication.
If you are engaged with a suspicious caller, hang up.
3. Avoid malicious browser extensions
The cybersecurity expert said that many of these extensions can be considered browser hijackers.
At best, they could change your browser settings and fill your inbox with spam or phishing emails. At worst, they could install malware on your device that compromises your accounts and online security in general.
Only install extensions that are well-known and well-tested.
4. Is it even a discount?
Some websites may increases prices on their products before Black Friday, then apply discounts. Although they may look like a good deal, the products are the same price or more expensive. Do your research.