How to protect yourself against scams during festive season online shopping

Charlotte Kilbane speaks to tech journalist Brendon Petersen.

  • Avoid clicking on links from email addresses you don’t know
  • Do not share your pin or passwords with anybody

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Over the last few years, online shopping as taken off, particular so since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has made shopping a lot trickier, as we all try to avoid shopping malls and the like.

Instead, we’ve turned to online shopping, buying anything from clothing, to food and even liquor.

And with the uptake in online shopping over the last few years, there’s an obvious risk that comes with that.

Criminals are taking advantage of the spike in online shopping scams as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, and will look for every opportunity to dupe unsuspecting consumers.

Tech journalist Brendon Petersen says the first warning sign of a scam is the use of a fake email address by the criminal.

See who it came from. What is the email it came from. If for example, the email came from 702, but the email is just a GMail address, but its 702 who’s offering you a giveaway, something doesnt quite add up there.

Brendan Petersen – Tech journalist

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