The Holiday Season is upon us and, unfortunately, it is also a time where scams are more prevalent. Here at IMReportCard.com, we know scammers will stop at nothing to get your money any way they know how to, so it is a good idea to remain vigilant during this time of year.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind the entire year in order to help remain scam-free!
- Never click on attachments in an email unless it is something you are expecting to receive. This is especially true of .EXE files which can immediately start running and installing programs on your computer you won’t even know are running. Emails of zip files, .EXE files, etc. can claim to hold holiday photos to entice you to download the attachments. If you have doubts about any attachments, it’s better to make a quick phone call or text message to confirm that the sender really emailed it to you.
- Daily I receive at least a few shipment related scam emails. These emails claim that a package is either waiting for you or that a package you sent can’t be delivered. However, these emails are just a way for scammers to get you to hand over your information to them.
- Online banking, PayPal and wire transfer is also a hot area for scammers right now. Emails claim that your transaction has failed or your account has been canceled or placed on hold, but when you click on any link in the email you are taken to a different site and your information has been compromised.
- IMReportCard.com has over 4,600 websites reviewed, with new reviews added frequently. We provide detailed reviews covering each website from many angles. Our reviews give an honest look at the quality of a website and we encourage our members to provide reviews and grades based on their own experiences. Looking up a website on IM Report Card is a terrific way to ensure you are not getting scammed online. We also have a toolbar which installs in seconds and will provide you with the grade and reviews our members have given any site you surf to which is in our database.