Black Friday shopping? FBI says beware of these holiday scams and phishing threats

With Thanksgiving underway and Black Friday sales about to arrive, the FBI has warned consumers to be wary of online-shopping scams and phishing attackers using big brands to steal online credentials. 

The FBI is expecting a rise in complaints and losses during the 2021 holiday season “due to rumors of merchandise shortages and the ongoing pandemic”, it says in a public service announcement

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Global supply chain problems have affected everything from online fashion sales to smartphones, games consoles and the auto industry. Sony earlier this month cut its PlayStation 5 production outlook due to component shortages and the games console remains hard to buy in many parts of the world. 

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During the 2020 holiday season, the FBI received 17,000 complaints over goods that weren’t delivered, resulting in losses over $53 million. 

In particular, the FBI warns consumers to be cautious of deals that are too good to be true in email, on websites, in social media posts, and in ads on social media. It highlights the risk of online surveys that aim to steal personal information or debit and credit card details. 

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