‘Tis the season … for holiday scams. Cyber criminals are active and aggressive this holiday season, according to a new report from the FBI. Scammers will be working overtime to try to steal your money and personal information. This time of year, it’s easier to fall victim to a scam, as people are more distracted and busy. Experts advise consumers to stop, slow down and think twice if something does not seem right.
Each year, cyber criminals get more clever and creative with ploys and scams. The FBI reminds us, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Ignore deals in emails and ads that offer merchandise at extremely low prices or discounts. Steer clear of un-trusted sites as well, as they may simply take your credit card info and never send you a product.
Social media scams are increasing as well. Beware of posts that offer vouchers and gift cards, especially if they are too good to be true. Another new way fraudsters try to steal personal information is through smartphone apps. Be sure to research and look at reviews for an app before you download it.
In addition, it’s also smart to be proactive and protect yourself by checking your credit card statement often. Also, ensure a site is reputable before providing your credit card info online. Do not respond to or click on links in unsolicited emails.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of a cyber scam or any accident in Chicago, you should talk with an experienced attorney to help get you the compensation you deserve. At Dixon Law Office, we have helped many personal injury victims, and we can help you, too. Contact us today at 888/354-9880 or click here for a free consultation.