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Black Friday: Protect yourself from scammers by changing passwords and being careful of good deals

The biggest shopping day of the year is upon us, and it’s important to protect yourself from the scams and people targeting deal seeking shoppers.

Many have started shopping online for major deals, especially with the pandemic.

Between supply chain issues and people protecting themselves from the virus still, many are still opting for cyber deals.

The online realm of shopping has created a world for scammers and fraudulent people to target unsuspecting people.

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Fraudulent schemes actually increased when the pandemic started due to everything becoming so technical.

One third of retailers across the globe said they lost 5-10% of revenue to fraud alone, with a lot of it happening online.

Online fraud in the United States jumped 25% in the first quarter of 2021 and is rising during the holiday season.

Here are some ways to protect yourself from fraud this season

Change your passwords, especially if you tend to use the same password for everything.

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If you get a text or email that offers an appealing deal, make sure the link is legitimate first.

Look at the email, text, spelling, and check the link before clicking on it.

To be safe, you can simply not click the link and go straight to the website itself.

Stay in touch with your bank. If you get a message claiming there has been reported fraud, check directly with them before clicking on anything in the message.

This is a way for fraudsters to phish.

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