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Beware of con artists on Black Friday, CyberMonday

The stores on Black Friday won’t be crowded with just shoppers. Consumers are being warned to watch out for scam artists.

The Scambook, a platform where consumers can try to resolve their complaints, is advising consumers to be on the lookout for these schemes, some of which may be rehashed form last year:

Fake downloadable coupons for, say, Walmart, Target or BestBuy, that really is a phishing expedition to steal your information or install malware on your computer.

A text offering a free $1,000 Best Buy gift card if you enter a code. This was a hot scam last year but might appear this year under Target or Walmart.

Phony videos and eCards that contain computer viruses.

Fake websites that appear like they belong to a legitimate retailer.

Consumers can protect themselves, Scambook says, by making sure they are on a retailer’s true website and not one that pops up only around the holidays. When shopping online, create a different password than the usual password you use if you’re asked to create an account by a retailer.

Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. Beware of deals that are too good to be true.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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