Companies provide discounts to consumers to boost sales. When we see a 40 percent discount in a store, we make a burst of shopping. Companies offer discounts to entice consumers and to increase sales, but that is what becomes the vulnerability of the discounters, and many times we buy things that we do not even require. In the meantime, we also become victims of scams. Let me tell you in what ways scam is taking place, and how you need to be cautious about it.
When it comes to ordering products online, the possibility of fraud grows even more prominent. As per a report by cybersecurity company McAfee, 56.1 percent of Indians become victims of discount-related scams at the time of online purchasing. 35.4 percent of Indians acknowledged that they came to the ruse of the discount scam. According to McAfee, 60.7 percent of online scam victims become dupes of fake charity. In fact, there are many scammers online who tell themselves to be affiliated with trust and dribble consumers by pretending to work for the betterment of society. McAfee has published a statement called 'A Christmas Carol: Scam Edition' for such scams.
A fishing attack is the most used and most effortless way for cybercrimes. E-mail ID is also hacked in the fishing attack. For this, hackers send e-mails from fake and similar names of your friends that contain links with viruses. Never click on a fishing email to dodge scam and always opt for a one-time password (OTP) in online payments. This may decrease the probability of such type scams.
Not only that, even though gift cards, people are becoming victims of scams. According to the report, 39.3 percent of the consumers are transported to fake websites through a gift card. On these websites, consumers are required to enter their information. According to the report, 40 percent of the victims of scam have lost 10,000 to 15,000 rupees.
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