FBI Warns of Scammers Targeting Holiday Shoppers

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This week, the FBI’s Memphis Field Office issued guidance to holiday shoppers, urging them “to be aware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information,” with cyber criminals especially active during the Christmas shopping season.

The FBI notes that online bad actors often use “many techniques to fool potential victims, including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices, and phishing emails advertising brand name merchandise for bargain prices or emails promoting the sale of merchandise that ends up being a counterfeit product.”

In avoiding the plethora of fraudulent activity one might encounter online, the FBI released a list of tips that can be employed to avoid becoming a cyber-fraud victim during the holidays:

Most importantly, the FBI finally notes a piece of age-old wisdom: “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

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