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Can Santa Scam You This Holiday Season?

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Christmas is around the corner; unfortunately, some scammers are in awe of spoiling your festive season by sending fake offers to dupe you. You can get emails saying “Handwritten letter from Santa to Your Child” or “Santa’s special package,” priced at $10 and $20, respectively. When you click on the link, you will be taken to a website that, from the face of it, seems to be legitimate, though it is not. 

When you get any such offer, be careful; the offer is not real in most of the cases. Rather, this is the way the virtual Santa scams you. In a way, you will be asked about your credit card details. As and when the scammers are given the details, they will dupe you. The other scenario is that they will not seek your credit card details. Rather, they will ask you to provide personal information. Your full name, phone number, and address will be your personal information. According to CyberGhost, as the sites get hold of this information, they turn ghost and freely sell this personal information to spammers. 

How to Avoid Santa Scaming You?

Since it is the reality that Santa can scam you, it is better to take preventive measures to avoid Santa scamming you. As a consumer, you must follow the following tips to avoid falling victim. 

1. Avoid Immediate Action to Calls

Think before you act as many scammers try to get you to act before you think; therefore, fall prey to scammers. No matter how much sense of urgency is created, avoid it. 

2. Check the Source of Email

Since scammers are experts, they will ensure to make the link look different. So, it is recommended to hover over the link and check the real destination of the email. Once you hover over the text link, you will get to know about the true destination. 

3. Ensure the Website Has Real Contact Information

You must be able to contact the business if something unexpected happens to your order. In such a case, getting real contact information for the business is vital. You can confirm whether the address and phone number are real by calling the given number. 

4. Research Thoroughly 

Before you make any decision, you need to do a quick web research. You can check out the business on Better Business Bureau. Once satisfied, only then opt for the shopping.  This will help you get the actual information beforehand. 

5. Pay Through a Secure Connection

Whenever you want to make a payment, make sure that you pay through a secure connection. Whenever you enter your enter your credit card information. Make sure that all the relevant privacy factors are well intact. So that your payment will not be redirected to somewhere else. 

Conclusion

The Santa scam is a reality, and you can be duped by the scammers in the disguise of offering Santa gifts and much more. But in reality, they will just scam you. The scammers are up for different ways to lure clients by illicit means. 

 

Having said that, it is not a matter that can’t be avoided. You can avoid any such happening and protect yourself from being duped by following the tips mentioned above.  

 

Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of Startup.info. He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at Startup.info.

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