Black Friday is today and the deals are peaking – What to look out for
The surge in online commerce during big deals like Black Friday and Cyber Monday calls for extra caution from consumers—especially those who aren’t tech-savvy—as many are astute as they might try to put the target not only the money but also their personal data.
The Open Line for illegal content on the internet of the Hellenic Safe Internet Center of the Technology and Research Foundation, SafeLine.gr recommends special attention to online consumers during this period. In fact, financial frauds, according to a statement, made up 28% of the total complaints received by the Line in 2021. Of those, 40% of complaints were about something that happened on Instagram and 39% about some action on Facebook.
Tips for safe shopping
– From the Hellenic Safe Internet Center of the Foundation for Technology and Research, SafeLine.gr, it is recommended that transactions take place with companies that consumers know and trust, while they invite internet users to look at each site with a critical eye.
– Also to prefer payment methods that provide greater security and flexibility such as cash on delivery, debit or credit card and PayPal. Avoid bank deposit.
– Never save your card details on the site you use, while the credit card account must be checked periodically to determine if there are “wrong” charges.
– Beware of “ghost” sites
As the announcement states “a newer version of online shopping scams involves using social media platforms to create fake online stores. They set up shop for a while, often selling fake designer clothes or jewelry. After a series of sales, the stores disappear. They also use social media to advertise their fake website, so don’t trust a website just because you’ve seen it advertised or shared on social media. The best way to spot a fake merchant or scam through online social media shopping is to look for reviews before you buy.”
Among the things that consumers can follow as instructions is also, according to the Hellenic Safe Internet Center of the Technology and Research Foundation, SafeLine.gr, to trust their instincts, if an offer seems too good to be true, it most likely is that something is wrong.
– Regarding Phishing messages it is underlined: “Do not click on links or open attachments from e-mails, messengers or SMS messages that claim to come from your bank, from a company or other trusted organization and ask you update or verify your information; Also very common these days are scams through social networking platforms where they invite prospective consumers to click on phishing links.”
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