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Watch out for these Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) shopping scams


Scammers are looking to win big this weekend as Amazon comes to Australia, so be wary of deals which seem too good to be true.

Everyone loves a bargain, especially in the lead up to Christmas, and scammers are banking on the fact that you’ll drop your guard, warns Nick FitzGerald – senior research fellow at security vendor ESET.

“Every year Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) promise to offer some fantastic deals at insanely low prices to consumers. Unfortunately, this also presents deceptive cybercriminals with ample opportunity to capitalise on frenzied shoppers,” he says.


It’s important to think before you click on a Black Friday deal, especially when it comes to search engine advertisements. Ad server networks are regularly used by cybercriminals, often to misdirect shoppers to malicious sites where they try to steal your credentials or infect your devices in a drive-by-download attack.

These malvertising attacks are commonplace during peak sales times, FitzGerald warns, and shoppers should play it safe by doing their research and making purchases via official retail websites.

Bargain hunters should also approach shortened links posted on social media with caution. FitzGerald recommends CheckShortURL as a handy way to sneak a peek at shortened website links to check where they actually lead

Fake Coupons

Fake coupons are another popular trick used by scammers and they can be tough to spot, especially when there’s a sense of urgency such as ‘you only have until the end of the day to validate this rare Black Friday offer’. Fake coupons might arrive unexpectedly in your inbox or you might find them on social media or third-party sites which list online deals

If there’s any doubt over a coupon’s authenticity, FitzGerald recommends checking official retail store websites. On any retail site, ensure that it’s using HTTPS web encryption before you enter your payment details and other sensitive information. Some sites add additional security measures, like Verified by VISA and other types of two-factor-authentication.


Along with security threats, shoppers also need to watch out for counterfeit goods sneaking their way into Black Friday (BFCM) sales.

“If you’ve never heard of the seller before, look into them online and study their terms and conditions carefully before purchasing,” FitzGerald says. “There have been countless tales of Facebook sellers delivering counterfeit goods, poor quality items or even outright failing to deliver the products after taking payment, so as always ‘buyer beware’.”

“Whilst Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) are characterised by crazy offers, when it’s a little too far-fetched a cautious attitude will ensure you are spending your money wisely.”

Source: SMH COM AU Technology

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