Security Alert: Avoid Post-Holiday Scams

  • by Rayna Karst
  • Jan 3, 2023, 16:08 PM

The holidays may be over, but scammers are working overtime to catch you off guard after a flurry of holiday activity.

  • Rock Bottom Prices – Watch for items on sites like Craigslist and eBay. This time of year, listings pop up that are too good to be true, and that means they usually are. If the price seems very low for the item, make sure to check out the seller. Dig a little deeper by asking for their phone number, address and references from past sales. Follow safety tips if you decide to make the purchase by meeting in a public place that has security cameras.
  • Holiday Gift Cards – e-gift cards that arrive after the holidays should be scrutinized, even if it looks like it is coming from a friend or family member. Scammers send fake, late holiday greetings that are packed with links that install malware on your device. A real e-gift card always has a confirmation code. If it doesn’t have one, don’t click on any links.
  • Donation Duds – People are more benevolent around the holidays. Before you open up your pocket book to donate to a good cause, make sure to verify that the cause or organization are legit.