Online shopping scams on the rise, with phishing emails targeting Wisconsinians
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Consumer agencies are warning people of expected increase in online fraud.
âOver 35% of all our scam tracking reports were about online purchases, and of those, 75% of the time, they lose money,â said Susan Bach of the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin.
Buyers are advised to look for fraudulent products, such as items from a third-party supplier that are significantly lower in price than other competitors.
âThis is a real wake-up call and we would discourage anyone from buying from these types of sellers,â said Lara Sutherlin of the Wisconsin Commerce and Consumer Protection division.
Here are some tips: shop on secure websites verified by HTTPS, read product details to verify authenticity, and check shipping and return policies.
Action 2 News has also heard of another shared email scam claiming to be from the Wisconsin Department of Labor with a direct deposit of $ 550. The email asks the recipient to click to verify eligibility.
However, the correct title is the Department of Workforce Development. Also, the sender does not use an official government email address which should end in “.gov”. You can watch the video to see the email.
The Wisconsin Consumer Protection and Better Business Bureau says the email is another government impostor phishing email, as sent with the intent to steal personal information and account numbers to gain access to people’s money. people.
Remember not to divulge personal information and not to make payments with gift cards or money transfer apps because your money cannot be recovered.
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