The holiday season is an active time for everyone, and that definitely includes the unscrupulous.
In their efforts to gain advantage over consumers, fraudsters will do anything short of climbing down your chimney this December. The Better Business Bureau advises that you educate yourself about the many schemes in use through the holidays, especially those involving social media.
McAfee Internet Security, the world’s largest dedicated online security company, says that one-third of mobile digital device owners fail to provide adequate protection for themselves. Accordingly, this season of increased shopping can make those consumers easy targets for tech-savvy fraudsters.
A study by Adobe Digital Publishing reports that 21 percent of total online sales will come from mobile devices, mainly tablets, this holiday season. They forecast a 110 percent increase over 2011 online sales.
Here is a list of some common scams that McAfee says to watch out for as you do your digital shopping this year:
If instead of seasonal shopping you are seeking to give some holiday help to those less fortunate with a charitable contribution, by all means do so, but do so carefully. Fake charities are out there.
If the name of the organization is unfamiliar to you, do some research before donating. Actually, even if the name does sound vaguely familiar, check them out; some fake charities intentionally use names similar to well known charities, hoping you won’t notice.
One resource for researching a charity is the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance. When you have questions about suspicious online shopping activity or charitable giving through the holidays, contact your Better Business Bureau at 800-856-2417 or www.kansasplains.bbb.org.