Just when you thought you could put your mind at ease and maybe even loosen up a bit when it comes to watching your back every second for scams, that's exactly when scammers are likely to target the hardest.
Thanksgiving is no exception.
Every year there are countless people who are scammed out of their money and even their identity. It's very real and you should always take precaution when answering the phone from an unknown number or clicking on anything in an email.
Even something as simple as clicking the wrong link from a hacked Facebook account, don't fall for anything or contact them to make sure that someone, did, indeed send you something.
Some Thanksgiving Scams to Watch Out For
Happy Thanksgiving eCards in email One email scam to watch out for is something of a Thanksgiving eCard where it looks like a trusted business like a bank or company emails you a Thanksgiving eCard for you to open and see when it turns out to be a virus that they're actually opening compromising your account and information.
Charity Scams There are so many charities, it's hard to keep up. It's easy for anyone to say they're a charity in hopes to have you open your wallet when, instead of the good of the cause, it's for the good of the scammers back pocket. Stick with charities you already know.
Shipping Info/Tracking Scams With Black Friday happening after Thanksgiving there'll also be plenty of scams when it comes to shipping items in general. You may get texts or emails saying an item needs your address or information when you never ordered anything. Watch out for those, too.
Gift Card Scams I remember hearing a report of scammers with gift cards. What they'd do is scratch out the back of a gift card and take down that information so when the gift card is purchased and activated the scammer who already had the info can use it for themselves. If you're getting gift cards, make sure the number on the back is secure and not visible.
Let's have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
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