Black Friday 2021: recommendations to avoid falling for scams

The new shopping season begins with the next Black Friday 2021. Many will choose to do them from the comfort of their homes or to maximize discounts. But all users must take into account a series of tips so that a click does not become a nightmare.

Between January and April of this year, the High Technology Crime Investigation Division (DIVINDAT) of the National Police of Peru investigated 1,188 reports of cybercrimesThe most frequent cases being those related to computer fraud and identity theft. And globally, cybercrime causes economic losses of a trillion (million million) dollars a year, according to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. That is why VU recommends these precautions and avoid falling into these traps.

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HOW TO AVOID BLACK FRIDAY 2021 SCAMS

Learn how to detect phishing

The most popular attack in the world is based on social engineering techniques by the attacker, but it also depends on ignorance and human error. It is necessary to be aware of communications that arrive by WhatsApp, social networks, mail and telephone; including SMS and calls. If promotional messages that include links or attachments arrive, do not click or open the document. One way to avoid being cheated is to make sure the site’s brand is well written or without repetitions of letters; for example, if the brand is “Shopping”, make sure it doesn’t say “Shopin”.

Check the seller’s reputation

To avoid paying for a product that will never arrive, you need to verify the seller’s reputation. Reading the reviews of other buyers can be very useful if there are doubts about the veracity of the site or the offer: a red flag is when they are all positive. It is also important to know the guarantee, refund and / or return policies, in case there is any problem with the order. If you buy from an unknown page, make sure that is the official site; look for official communication channels and references.

Operate through secure connections and avoid public places

It is important to protect your home WiFi network with a strong password and avoid sharing it if possible. If it is necessary to transact from a public place, make sure that nobody can see our screen and that the device uses your mobile network instead of a public WiFi, since they are vulnerable and can be intervened.

Enable additional authentication factors

Many banks and online shopping platforms allow you to enable the option of a second authentication factor, based on a one-time code that usually arrives via SMS. It is essential to increase the security levels of access to online banking or shopping sites.

Look for safety signs

All sites have their own security protocols. The first and most common is “https” at the beginning of the website address, which is usually accompanied by a padlock or shield icon. Most sites ask you to register through a form to buy: you do not have to complete them if they request unusual data such as profession or family data. When paying, select “No” if the site asks if you want to save your card details for future purchases.

Avoid entering card details twice

It is recommended in the event of payment failures, until you are sure that a charge has not been made on the card. Payment processes can take up to a minute; during that time do not give “refresh” to the browser. Also, do not give the complete card details to strangers.

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