We spend time with family, give thanks, and celebrate during the holiday season. It's also a time when scammers are more active. People are more likely to let their guard down during the holidays, so they take advantage of that. Our New York legal team discusses five scams to watch out for during the holiday season. We'll also provide tips on how to avoid them!
1. Phishing Emails
Holiday shopping can make you a target for phishing emails. These messages appear to be from trusted brands but actually, contain malicious links or attachments that could install malware on your computer or steal personal information. Always check the sender's email address before clicking any link or downloading any attachments.
2. Holiday Gift Cards
Holiday gift cards are a popular way to give gifts during the holiday season, but they can also be used as a vehicle for scams. Be sure to buy your gift cards from trusted retailers and refrain from buying them from third-party websites, which may not be legitimate.
3. Charity Scams
Be wary of charities asking for donations during the holiday season. Do your research and make sure any charity you donate to is legitimate and has a good reputation.
4. Holiday Travel Scams
Holiday travel can be expensive, so be on the lookout for scams related to flight tickets, hotel reservations, rental cars, etc. Be sure to book through trusted sites and read reviews before making purchases.
5. Holiday Job Scams
During the holiday season, holiday jobs can be an excellent way to earn extra income. Beware of job offers that seem too good to be true or require credit card information. Always research companies before giving any personal information.
These are just some scams to be aware of during the holiday season. If you come across one, don't hesitate to report it to the authorities and take steps to protect yourself. Staying vigilant and using common sense can go a long way in avoiding scams this holiday season!
Happy Holiday shopping!