Be careful with online purchases during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The sales fever during the so-called Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday only increases year after year.

This American custom of launching irresistible offers on the dates following Thanksgiving Day and which serve as a starting signal for Christmas shopping has already been established around the world. All stores, department stores and online shopping portals offer important discounts that usually start even a week before Black Friday itself and end the following Monday or Cyber Monday.

Be careful with online purchases during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Those who seek to enrich themselves through the Internet by deception and fraud know that these days online sales increase remarkably and therefore they are now increasing their efforts to develop more methods to con as many unsuspecting people as possible on the Internet.

Methods used

El medio más utilizado para provocar el engaño en nuestras compras online es el phishing, o sea, la creación de páginas que nos hacen creer que estamos ante una tienda o servicio conocido y fiable pero que en realidad son falsas y terminarán timándonos o robándonos nuestras credenciales.

The most used means to cause deception in our online purchases is phishing, that is, the creation of pages that make us believe that we are in front of a known or reliable store or service but that in reality are false and end up ripping off or stealing our credentials.

We could find a good number of different cases:

  • Pages that perfectly mimic portals of well-known stores, such as Amazon, Ebay, Rakuten, etc. The articles and prices that we can find there will not be excessively striking. The main objective of this deception would be the theft of our account after entering our username and password.
  • Pages directly fraudulent, that without imitating the appearance of other well-known ones, they offer us top brand articles at scandalous prices. This type of pages seek a quick economic benefit: they receive our payments, they do not send us our purchase and shortly after they disappear without the possibility of recovering our money.
  • Fake online payment pages but that mimic known media, such as Visa or PayPal. We can reach them directly or through deceptive sales pages that direct us to these false means of payment. If we fall into error, we will be providing all our financial data for online payment, which will allow the offender to buy on our behalf.
  • Banking Phishing. Although this method remains active throughout the year, during these dates its presence increases. They are pages that mimic our bank page, so if we write our credentials there, we will be providing the criminal with access to our bank account.
  • Fake coupon pages. On the Internet we can find pages specialized in offering discount coupons for other stores that are real. But fraudulent pages may appear that, after claiming these discounts, direct us to stores that are apparently known but are again false. They ask us to access our account and password to exchange the coupon, but the only thing we will achieve is to provide the cybercriminal with our credentials.

Tips for a secure purchase

Remember the basic tips to make online purchases secure:

  • We must flee from exaggeratedly low prices. Compare the same item in different stores to get an idea of ​​the real market price. Probably, they are either selling us a fake product or the whole page is a fraud.
  • Secure method in credentials and payment. We must look at the route of the page. Distrust if it does not start with HTTPS, with “S” for security.
  • Look for opinions. Before relying on a suspicious page, we must search the Internet for comments and opinions from other users.
  • Attentive to Phishing. Let’s review the route in our browser to make sure we are on the legitimate page we believe to be on.
  • Wallet card. All banks offer online or wallet cards that we can recharge with just what we are going to spend. Using this type of cards for our online purchases we make sure not to expose the rest of our money.
  • Do not use public Wi-Fi networks. Let’s avoid the risk of them capturing our data through public Wi-Fi networks. Purchases, like any transaction with credentials, should always be done from a secure connection.

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