Winnipeg residents are actively preparing for the upcoming holidays and no one wants to fall into the hands of fraudsters. Manitoba experts told about 10 most popular methods that scammers use during the festive period to deceive the inhabitants of the city.
1. Look-Alike Websites
If you like online shopping, do not order on strange sites. These sites can be fake, scammers will take your money and you will never see the ordered goods.
2. Fake Shipping Notification
After purchasing anything online, you get shipping notification. Many scammers send fake shipping notifications so that you do not suspect that you have been deceived.
3. Social Media Gift Exchange
Many scammers have social media accounts and sell non-existent goods there. You should not buy anything from people you do not know.
4. Phony Charities
This type of fraud is especially popular during the holiday period because Christmas is the time of donations. Be careful and donate only to well-known organizations.
5. Grandparent Scam
Very often scammers call grandparents and say that their grandchildren are in trouble. After that, they ask for money. Warn your elderly relatives and friends.
6. Holiday Jobs
Many companies are looking for additional employees during the holiday period. However, scammers may ask you to fill in personal data online or to pay for a job.
7. Unusual Forms Of Payment
Use only proven payment methods when purchasing goods or services online.
8. Free Gift Cards
Scammers can use this method to find out your personal data and use it.
9. Travel Scams
Do not pay for tickets at unknown sites or with the help of unknown apps, it can be a hoax.
10. Puppy Scams
Pets are a very popular gift and scammers can get your money, but you will never see a puppy you bought.