Be Careful Holiday Shopping Online: Now There Are E-Skimmers!

There's a new type of scam (of course!) that the FBI wants you to know about. It's called e-skimmers where hackers target online BUSINESSES where you shop. You can still become the victim because, when you figure it out, it's already too late.

Cyber security experts have some tips:

  • Check your credit card and bank accounts often to spot fraudulent transactions.
  • Don't use debit cards. If a hacker can access your bank account, they can wipe it out and you may not be able to get the money back. 
  • Enter card information as infrequently as possible. Amazon, for example, will store your credit card information.
  • Use Apple Pay, PayPal or another similar system. These also allow you to limit how many times you need to input your card or account information.
  • Avoid clicking on banner ads and shop only reputable websites you know.
  • Enable two-factor authentication on all your devices.
  • It can't be said enough: Have strong passwords that are not easy to guess. Don't use the same password on multiple sites. Change these passwords frequently.
  • Have alerts set up on your cards and accounts to let you know about unusual transactions
  • Freeze your credit with the three credit reporting agencies to keep new accounts from being opened in your name.

(FreePress) Photo: Getty/Paul Bradbury

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