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How to Avoid Holiday Scams

December 08, 2017

By: The GWB Fraud Dept

Don't let hackers and thieves dampen your holiday cheer. To help you stay safe this season, Great Western Bank’s Fraud Department lists the top holiday scams to watch out for:

  1. Getting e-Carded.

    Avoid the unwanted gift of malware by verifying e-cards are actually from someone you know and are also from a trustworthy site.
  2. Year in Review Traps.

    While a "Year in Review" sounds entertaining to read, clicking on these links in email or on websites could lead to malware getting installed on your devices.
  3. Holiday Travel Scams.

    Avoid fake online or email deal links offering low price airfare or hotels that could be a trap; think before you click. If it seems too good to be true...it probably is. You can always call the agency for verification.
  4. Deceptive Advertising.

    Beware of deals that are too good to be true as they could steal your personal information and ruin your holiday cheer.
  5. Chilling Charities.

    "Tis the season to donate, but be wary of fake charities. Do your research and double check the site URL. This is important with all that has happened this year (floods, fires, hurricanes, etc.)
  6. Buyer Beware.

    Check your credit card statements frequently! You should be doing this anyway to make sure you don't have any unwanted charges as a result of a point-of-sale breach (think Target, TJ Max, or Walmart).
  7. You've Got Mail!

    Think twice before clicking links in shipping notification emails, and always verify the shipping company before giving out your personal information.
  8. iScams.

    Smartphones not only act as a phone, but also a credit card, house key, camera, GPS, etc. Malware can access your mobile device through apps, so do your research and stick with official app store downloads.
  9. Bank Robocall Scam.

    Be suspicious of phone calls from people claiming your computer is infected and then request your personal information to fix it. Microsoft and Google will not call you if you have a virus!
  10. ATM Skimming.

    Beware of using obscure automated teller machines (ATMs); skimmer devices designed to steal data off the card are easy to install on unmonitored systems. Be careful when using ATMs in public places as thieves can quickly install a skimmer just about anywhere. If you need cash for shopping, it is recommended you go to your local bank and withdraw it in person.
  11. BYO...Device.

    With the hustle and bustle of the season, smartphones could easily be lost or stolen. Don't leave your smartphone unattended during this hectic time of year. 
  12. USB Blues.

    Everyone likes free but be wary when someone offers you a free USB stick or card. This is an easy way for hackers to not just infect your system with malware but also gain access to your system without your knowledge.

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