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Scammers love to draw from your emotions and quick reactions to what seems to be an urgent situation. One of their favorites is to pose as a business or government official to pressure you into sending them money or personal information. Now, some scammers are pretending to be some of your favorite shopping websites, phishing for your personal information.
Please be aware if you get a call from someone who claims to be with “YourFavoriteStore.com” or any business you do business with, telling you a large amount of money has been charged to your credit card for a purchase. This could be a scam attempting to cause a quick reaction and make an error in judgement providing private details to someone with malicious intent. If this seems suspicious, it probably is. They may even attempt to get you to call “YourFavoriteStores.com” support number that they provide. Scammers want you to call the number they give so they can ask for your passwords, credit card number, and other sensitive information to get your money. If you get a call like this, there are a few steps you should take:
If you gave information to a business imposter, immediately change your password and any other accounts that shared the same password or a similar variant of that password. IdentityTheft.gov can provide great tips protect yourself.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (I3C) has released an alert on a recent increase in online shopping scams. The scams direct victims to fraudulent websites via ads on social media platforms and popular online search engines’ shopping pages.
According to complaints received by the FBI, an increasing number of victims have not received items they purchased from websites offering low prices on items such as gym equipment, small appliances, tools, and furniture. Victims reported they were led to these websites via ads on social media platforms or while searching for specific items on online search engines’ “shopping” pages. Victims purchased items from these websites because prices were consistently lower than those offered by other online retail stores. Complainants indicated the following:
If you are a victim of an online shopping scam, the FBI recommends taking the following actions:
If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cybercrime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.