The holiday season is all about giving and being generous. Unfortunately, there are a number of seasonal scammers that like to try and take advantage of the increased rates of online shopping.
At Keystone Technology Management, a provider of secure hard drive destruction services in New York, we want you to be safe this holiday season. We implore you to avoid falling for these three holiday email scams that arise every season.
- Fake “deal” emails. A new gaming system for $25? A $100 Walmart gift card for only $10? If you get an email that’s advertising a “deal” that seems way too good to be true, chances are that it is. A common trick that scammers will use during the holidays is to send emails that mimic the look of a company’s official ones to trick you into clicking and entering your credit card info on a bogus site. Never click on the links in these types of emails. Instead, visit the seller’s website directly to see if it’s legitimate.
- Fake invoicing emails. Some holiday scammers create fake invoices and try to trick consumers into thinking that their credit card information was stolen or they were overcharged for a purchase. If you receive an invoice that you do not recognize, never respond to directions contained within. Be sure to contact the customer service team from the store or brand directly.
- Fake surveys. The holiday season also sees a spike of scam emails offering great rewards in exchange for participating in a “company survey.” Like the fake deal emails, many of these scams offer over-the-top and unbelievable rewards and are way too good to be true. Don’t click links in these surveys. It’s better not even to open them at all.
This holiday season, stay smart with your personal information and remember only to do your holiday shopping on official company websites. If you wish to learn more about these email scams or our data destruction services in New York, contact our team at Keystone Technology Management today. Happy holidays!