With so many purchasing holiday gifts, online shopping scams become more ubiquitous during the holiday season.
When making online purchases during the holidays and every day throughout the year, take the following steps to stay safe:
-Never install unfamiliar apps
-Check app reviews and the developer
-Be sure to download apps only from verified sites, such as the App Store or Google Play.
-Malicious email attachments are another tactic that cybercriminals use. If an attachment looks suspicious, contact the retailer or shipper directly to verify its legitimacy, or check the status of your order on the retailer’s site.
-Finally, be cautious when clicking on advertisements. Malvertising is when fraudsters use ads to spread malware or to obtain personal information. Only click on ads from trusted sources, or opt to go directly to a retailer’s website instead of clicking though an ad.
For our members’ convenience, links are available in this website to allow quick access to other sites that may be of interest. Clicking on a third party link will take you out of Downeast Credit Union’s website to an alternative website not operated by DECU. The Credit Union is not responsible for the content of the third party website and does not represent either the third party website or the member if you enter into a transaction. Privacy and security policies of the website to which you are linking may differ from those practiced by DECU.