Internet Scams Heating Up Around Holidays

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Holidays bring out the best and worst in people. Falling into the latter category are internet con artists constantly coming up with new methods to trick you out of your hard-earned cash.

One of their latest ploys is posing online as reputable companies like FedEx, UPS or Wal Mart in an effort to talk you out of your social security number, bank and credit card numbers.

Other holiday schemes include phony shipping notices sent via e-mail. The message directs you to a web site designed to steal your personal information or load a computer virus.

Fraudulent online surveys try to lure you to a link hoping you'll give up your financial information. Phony E-Cards can also siphon personal data or plant a virus.

"Make sure that everything you have is protected," said Larry Lightfoot, Better Business Bureau. "Don't give credit card numbers, don't give bank account numbers, don't give out your mother's name."

To report a suspicious e-mail, contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.


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