Holiday Dangers – Part I

Two Scams to Avoid

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes dangers associated with increased use of the Internet for purchasing gifts, sending greetings, using Social Networks to communicate, donating to charities, and increased use of new apps for fun and information.
We’d all like to view the holidays as a time for good times and good will toward others, but unfortunately, there are malicious people out there who would take advantage of your high spirits to relieve you of your money!
One danger has to do with shipping notifications. Scammers have learned to send out fake shipping notification emails to inform you of a problem with the delivery of the item that you purchased from a website. You will be asked to sign in to resolve the problem. Once you click on one of these email links, however, your information will be stolen and used against you.
Never click on links that are directly within an email. Instead, open up a new tab in your browser and navigate to the website by typing in the address proper. 
A second danger involves fake E-cards. You think you’re getting a holiday greeting from a trusted source, but when you click on the link, you are scammed. To avoid this problem, don’t open E-cards from anonymous senders. If the sender of the email is not shown, or if you don’t recognize the sender, just trash it. Better safe than sorry!
Be smart this holiday season. Be careful with those emails, but if you should get scammed or pick up a virus, call us immediately for assistance. We have the expertise to reduce or eliminate damage from these unwelcome sources. Our telephone number is 800/425-672-4806 or you can email us
Watch for next week’s blog concerning more holiday dangers to avoid.

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