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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Holidays increase Risk of Online Scams

The holidays mean a surge in online purchases done with laptops, cell phones, tablets and desktops. One way to be scammed is via pop-ups (on legitimate sites, but that are not connected to the site) that ask for a survey. After you complete it, you’re offered what seems like a free product. You then unknowingly set yourself up to be enrolled in a program to purchase more products—after giving your credit card information. It’s easy to get sidetracked by pop-ups, says iovation’s Jon Karl, VP of Corporate Development in Portland. But he asks: “Who is that business on the other end of the line; do you know them? Because there s lots of opportunities to spend your money with somebody you don t know.” iovation is one of the biggest online fraud protection companies in the world. “You have to be really careful when you re clicking on offers that are coming to you,” he adds. Shoppers should be skeptical and limit how much personal information they give out. “You really shou