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Careful What You Click, Cybercriminals Preying on Black Friday, Cyber Monday Shoppers

Careful What You Click, Cybercriminals Preying on Black Friday, Cyber Monday Shoppers

Tis the season to shop until you drop, and rather than risk getting run over by savage shoppers who wouldn't think twice about trampling a toddler if it meant winning the race to the electronics section at Wally World, more and more people are finding it more convenient to shop online during Black Friday. That will certainly save you from physical harm, but there are other risks you need to be aware of.

USA Today's Byron Acohido talked with a number of security professionals who collectively warned about increasingly aggressive efforts by cybercriminals to prey on Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers. More than ever, these digital crooks are bombarding email, social media posts, and search results with poisoned links that either lead to a scam or will infect your PC with malware.

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These might include fake delivery confirmations in your inbox that appear to come from FedEx, UPS, Amazon, Walmart, or other places, or they could be old school phishing attempts. It all boils down to a numbers campaign, with online crooks hoping to fool 1 in 10 recipients using a holiday themed approach.

"We're human; we're compelled to click," Proofpoint executive vice president David Knight told USA Today. "And we're even more human during the holiday season.

By one estimate, fake delivery messages jumped 62 percent in the third quarter. You have to be careful on your mobile device, too. Identity verification firm Signifyd says that 14 percent of retail traffic comes from smartphones and another 10 percent from tablets. The scary part? Some 1.3 percent of e-commerce sales on phones are fraudulent.

The bottom line is to be weary what you click, especially when a deal seems too good to be true.
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Those who don't know how to use the net should learn or not use it. Same with computers.

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So Curtis, can we safely assume that the first time you logged on to the internet you were already web literate and knew of all the pitfalls that awaited you? I doubt it...

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The only people who this would get are people new to the world of shopping online. I have been doing this since I was in a freshman in high school. I think the 1/10 are the grandmas.

So is it better to get your card info stolen or be trampled?

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Well whether you get your card info stolen or a toddler gets trampled, somebody is still gonna get hurt.

And as for 1/10 being Grandmas, I hear some of them also run the risk of getting "run over by a reindeer, walking home from our house Christmas Eve. You can say there's no such thing as Satan. But as for me and Grandpa, we believe."

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