THE FBI has issued a warning to Christmas shoppers as it doesn’t want you to fall victim to some common online scams.
The message from The FBI Memphis Field Office told Tennesseans to watch out for scams that could steal their money but the tips are useful for everyone.
Douglas Korneski, special agent in charge of the FBI Memphis Field Office, said: “According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), in 2020, Tennesseans lost over $40,191,616 due to a variety of scams.
“Remain vigilant and if you believe you have been the victim of a scam, report it to the FBI at IC3.gov.”
The FBI warning included four tips to remember when shopping online in the run up to Christmas.
“Practice good cybersecurity hygiene”
The US government agency advised: “Don’t click any suspicious links or attachments in emails, on websites, or on social media.
“Phishing scams and similar crimes get you to click on links and give up personal information like your name, password, and bank account number.
“In some cases, you may unknowingly download malware to your device.”
It also warns about companies asking you for new password or account information and says you should reach out to the company through an official number before doing this.
“Know who you’re buying from or selling to”
Checking that the website your shopping on is legitimate is another great tip from the FBI.