Similar to everything else this year, holiday shopping and giving is moving online more than ever.
As the holiday season gets into full swing, our inboxes are filling with emails requesting donations and marketing special offers, deals and notices. While many of these emails are from legitimate organizations and stores, some will be from scammers. You must be able to recognize phishing emails and texts to protect yourself from being scammed. Here are a few tips to best prepare yourself to stay safe online this season:
Beware of emails and texts….
- from someone you don’t know.
- urging you to respond right away.
- from a site with a familiar name asking for your password or personal information.
- instructing you to click on a link if you can’t open an attachment.
- with links that expire in a short amount of time giving you a sense of urgency.
- about a delivery you aren’t expecting.
What should you do if you get a suspicious email or text?
- Never share your passwords or any personal information, like bank account numbers, PINs, social security number, credit/debit card numbers, passport information, etc.!!
- Look before you open or click – are you familiar with the sender?
- Don’t respond to an email about a delivery you aren’t expecting.
- Don’t click on a suspicious link (hover over the address to see if the link is taking you to a site other than what is shown).
- Stay away from offers or deals that sound too good to be true. They probably are!
- Stay clear of social media posts offering discounted gift cards with special promotions.
- Be careful of what you download – it could be a virus.
- Donate to organizations and charities that you are familiar with.
- Ask someone you trust for support if you aren’t sure if an email or text is legitimate.
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