The U.S non-profit ScamAwareness.org, warns that during the holidays there is an uptick in identity theft, scams or fraud targeted at shoppers.
According to SCU.org, this year, approximately 60% of holiday shoppers will do their shopping online.
These online shoppers are prime targets for scammers to:
offer merchandise, gift cards and even selling pets at a extreme discount.
Some criminals even create fake websites that display bargain buys
Unfortunately, holiday shopping is not the only way scammers target us as they also take advantage of our goodwill during the holidays.
Many scammers devise fake charities to try to take advantage of our holiday goodwill:
these scammers target consumers via phone, email and social media (SCU, 2021).