Scammers are planning to strike big this Black Friday weekend. While it is a great opportunity to secure some good deals, according to various reports, scammers and hackers are looking to capitalise on thousands of transactions that will take place globally, laying the bed for cyber threats.
CNBC reported that a ‘fake advertisement that looked like a legitimate link to Amazon was visible in Google search results on Thursday, just ahead of the Black Friday shopping frenzy.’
Russia-based Kaspersky Lab also indicated that one of the most popular methods of stealing personal information is phishing. “Data for both 2015 and 2016 shows a clear attack peak on Black Friday, followed by a fall,” read cybersecurity firm’s report.
Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday is when consumers will be more vulnerable to cyber attacks than ever, the report warns. Buyers should therefore approach various deals posted particularly on social media with caution.
Here are a few tips that will help bargain hunters stay safe during one of the busiest holiday shopping festivals.
Beware of fake coupons scams. These are another popular tricks used by scammers and they can be extremely difficult to identify. Also take care of some 'incredible' online deals and email offers. Online shoppers rather should look for encryption signs and refrain from clicking on email links and for that matter, don’t click on any links.
Also make sure you are connected to a secure wireless network and endeavour to maintain a complex password. Simply, use sites reliable sites likes Currys PC World that are reliable and that you trust.