Security company McAfee has published its annual list of the twelve online scams consumers need to watch out for this Christmas.
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Poor personal security habits, such as sharing PINs and card details, are putting 57% of people at risk of fraud according to Visa Europe.
As the Christmas shopping period approaches, Visa Europe is warning people to be vigilant to avoid becoming a victim.
The research found that the top five most common practice that put people at risk of fraud when shopping online and on the high street include:
A website is aiming to help people avoid ticket scams and ticket touts by listing information about companies and websites selling tickets.
TicketSafe has a ‘Red List’ of websites they suggest you think twice about before buying tickets, and a ‘Green List’ of websites they can recommend. Users are also able to enter in the url of the website they’re think of buying tickets from to see if it’s legitimate or not. Finally, users can add their feedback and experiences of companies they have used to buy tickets from.
The charity Crimestoppers is reminding everyone that buying fake products helps fund serious organised crime and puts people at risk of identity theft.
Many people do not realise that by buying fakes, consumers are helping to fund criminals who are sometimes involved in other crimes including drugs, people trafficking, prostitution, guns and money laundering.
During Get Safe Online Week, web users are being warned about various online threats, including organised criminal gangs tricking them into downloading malicious software.
Facebook users are being warned not to fall for offers of free plane tickets on the social networking website.
Scammers are posting messages on Facebook advertising free JetBlue Airways or free Delta airline tickets. If you do click on the link offering these tickets, you are taken to a page that says you need to ‘connect’ in order to receive them. You are then asked to give permission to the third-party application to grant access to your profile.
Women aged 25-34 are the most likely to fall victim to online scams, according to research from Knowthenet.
To help people protect themselves online, security experts conducted an experiment which measured the ability of more than 2,000 people to spot and respond appropriately to seven online scam scenarios. The scams included scenarios such as identifying fake social networking pages, and testing how internet users respond to competition scams or the sale of counterfeit goods online.
As Christmas shoppers are looking set to spend more online this year, the banking industry is urging people to follow their guidelines to make sure they shop safely.
More than 32million of us have shopped online in the last year. The ‘Be Card Smart’ campaign aims to raise awareness about a simple checklist that shoppers should follow.
Be Card Smart security tips: