Scams you really need to look out for this holiday season mostly have to do with your Smartphone or social media.
Lots of people these days love downloading games, but some of those games could be malware in disguise. If a game is free—do a little research and try to find third party reviews.
Another is online shopping scams. Beware of unfamiliar websites that offer items at unrealistic discounts. These sites get your info when you enter your credit card information. Don’t be fooled.
One more scam to look out for—those on social media. They’ll look like promotions or contests for gift cards. They have you fill out a survey for a chance to win, and just like that, the scammer has everything they need to steal your identity.
If you notice these scams, the FBI wants you to report them at their internet crime complaint center website, or IC3.gov. According to them, America is the most targeted country in the world—over 91% of all their complaints come from the U.S. Canada is a very distant second with only 1.5% of complaints.
And speaking of the U.S.—California is the most targeted state by scammers, but neighbor Florida is right up there at #2. Alabama is #23, but don’t let that number fool you. Over 3,000 Alabamians filed complaints to the website last year, and victims lost over $5.5 million dollars to scammers. The most targeted age range was 30 to 39-year-olds.
When it comes to falling victim to scams, you better not trust your computer so much. According to IC3.gov, complaints involving scams on social media have quadrupled over the last five years. Experts say beware of emails from strange addresses or people you don’t know, and definitely don’t click on any links inside.