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Personal Finance: Don’t let Web scams ruin holiday

‘Tis the season for making merry. Or in some cases making mischief, especially on the Web.

Whether you’re shopping online or just checking your personal e-mail, don’t get financially fooled this holiday season.

“In this economy, when we’re all trying to get the most bang for our buck, we’re letting down our guard,” said Parry Aftab, a privacy attorney and the new family Internet safety adviser for McAfee Inc., a computer security firm.

The hectic holidays, when people are hurrying and hunting for bargains, are especially ripe for online ripoffs, experts say.  More HERE

The article lists some good tips on shopping safe during the Christmas season.  There will be the normal scams – Nigerians hoping someone will send them $50 in exchange for millions, phony emails from “PayPal”, “Ebay”, FedEx” and others wanting your bank information to “verify” a non existant purchase or packages you don’t remember ordering. 

For truckers, on line ordering is a blessing, as it is for those of us who live far from shopping areas.  It is easy to just point, click and have the latest, greatest “stuff” dropped right at your front door.  As scammers and phishers get more sophisticated, you have to stay one step ahead, although much of it is common sense.  Don’t believe the Nigerians – they will only take all your money.  Chances are, if you get an email from FexEx or UPS saying you have a package waiting that you didn’t order, it is a scam.  Call FedEx or UPS and verify – do NOT give information via the link provided in the email.  If you are a little more “tech savvy” with your email account, you will be able to check the origin of a suspcious email by checking the “full headers” which list, among other important things the FBI will need when you report it, the real email address of the sender.  Most scammers will use a false email to cover their true identiy.

Be cautious of who you shop with on line.  Instead of your Visa, MasterCard or debit card, buy one of those “disposable” credit cards available at truck stops, WalMart and other retailers for your on line shopping. 

The only way to be completely safe, of course, is to walk into the store and pay cash.

Enjoy the Christmas holiday season, but be cautious.


November 30, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , , , , ,


  1. we are running some great Cyber Monday deals. will be exciting to see how it works out for your little online store. 🙂 todd

    Comment by Todd | December 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. Todd, Checked out your site – great looking bikes! Our family enjoys bike riding — I rebuilt a ten speed this past spring to ride around the farm on pleasant days.
    Todd’s website is (will put a plug in for you – love the fish shaped bike horn…)

    Comment by rtaylor83305 | December 1, 2008 | Reply

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