Cyber Safety Tips To Avoid Online Scams on Black Friday 2017

What is Black Friday 2017 Scam?

Black Friday 2017 Scam

With the fast approaching of Black Friday i.e. November 24th, 2017, online scammers are fully aware about the excitement around the massive deals, discounts and offers. The cyber criminals are even generating even more destructive plans to trick inexperienced or unsuspecting computer users who loves to shop online into entering their credit card information on phishing domains. Although, they might try to convince the online shoppers into clicking on legit-looking links that immediately downloads malicious program onto the user's machine. Here, you need to follow some tips provided below in this article in order to protect yourself from getting scammed online:

  • Think Twice Before You Share: Attack of nasty threats are not just random anymore and they are well-searched and architected by the hackers using the information that you share online. Personal info like who your friends are, where you work, what's your interests, your job title, and what you are doing, are all provided over the social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. With the help of such deceptive social engineering, the cyber crooks uses these websites to collect information about the unsuspecting victims.

  • Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Any Dodgy URLs: In case, if you receive an email which looks like from a reputed retailer with their fonts and logos, it could be an online scam as well. By using such method, hackers can even trick you into opening a malicious attachment that installs a payload of hazardous malware on your computer or clicking on embedded link can redirect you a website that might harm your system seriously.

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  • Always Make Use of Safer Payment Methods: You need to set up a dedicated online shopping account with overdraft limits and strict credit with only enough money to purchase anything that you need. This is because, when you enter your credit card details on any online form, then it might be possible that the data will be intercepted by online scammers.

  • Do Not Click on Suspicious Attachments or Link: If you are expecting a shipment from online retailers, then keep track of your items. In case, if you receive an email which contains tracking information attached or a embedded a link related to your recent online purchase, then avoid clicking on them, because they could contain harmful code inside them.

What to do if you have fallen victim of an online scam?

First of all, report it to the police or local security agency in order to shutdown these hackers and their syndicate organizations for good. Also get in touch with your bank if you suspect anything irregular and block your credit card immediately. However, if you find your system locked out due to the attack of notorious ransomware virus, then it is obvious that the cyber extortionists will ask to pay ransom fee. Most importantly, you should refrain paying asked ransom money. Instead use a secure archiving solution that will help you to get back all your important data without paying ransom money. Meanwhile, you can perform the data recovery procedure right after deleting the ransomware virus completely from your PC.