Holiday music on repeat and spoiled eggnog will be the least of your worries this season if you fail to spot these three typical scams that happen right around the holidays. Bogus package notifications, sketchy WiFi and fake shopping apps and websites are common ways scammers are hoping to steal your money and your passwords. Don’t let thieves rob you of your Yuletide bliss by following these tips:
- Make a list of your expected packages and check it twice – the shipocalypse resulting from online shopping means more people will fall for the scammy emails purporting to come from Canada Post alerting you to a problem with delivering your parcel. Check your list and make sure you really are expecting a package before clicking the link – very often these fraudulent emails contain malware or will send you to a page asking you to enter personal information; like your credit card number. Learn more.
- Holiday latte with crushed candy cane whip? Check! Free WiFi? Check! Fraudster at the next table over hoping to steal your info through the WiFi scam? Check! Free WiFi is great for figuring out which store to hit next, but save the important stuff for a secure network. Don’t enter any financial information on a site or app when using free WiFi and make sure your device doesn’t automatically connect to free Wi-Fi either since fake networks could be set up by scammers. Learn more.
- Phony apps and websites can take the joy out of a holiday shopping in your pajamas. Make sure the app you’re using isn’t impersonating a well-known retailer. Check your favourite retailer’s website for the correct download link for their app instead of just browsing through the app store and steer clear of any sketchy shopping websites that are offering deals that sound too good to be true. Learn more.
Stay safe this holiday season and our best wishes for a fraud-free New Year!