In McAfee’s 12 Scams of Christmas blog we noted that an estimated 63 percent of shoppers search for online coupons or deals when they purchase something on the Internet, and recent NRF data (October 19, 2011) shows that consumers are also using their smartphones (17.3 percent) and tablets (21.5 percent) to redeem those coupons. But watch out, because the scammers know that by offering an irresistible online coupon, they can get people to hand over some of their personal information.
One popular scam is to lure consumers with the hope of winning a "free" iPad. Consumers click on a "phishing" site, which can result in email spam and possibly dealing with identify theft.
Consumers are offered an online coupon code and once they agree, are asked to provide personal information, including credit-card details, passwords and other financial data.
The down turn of the economy and people’s ever growing appetite to find the best deals has increased the popularity of sites such as Groupon and Living Social. They have firmly taken its place in online couponing and people are increasingly using their work smart phones and company iPADS and tablets to browse through deals. What measures have you taken to help protect your company equipment from connecting to harmful sites? Send us a 2-3 sentence response by 5pm pacific @ firstname.lastname@example.org to enter today's contest for an Amazon Kindle.
Contest Details and Conditions
Contest runs from Tuesday, December 13 at 10am through Friday, December 23 at 5pm PST.
Each day's entries will qualify for one of 9 Kindle prizes
Participants must be current McAfee customers to be eligible.
The scam of the day will be posted by 10am PST and participants will have until 5pm PST to email contest entries to email@example.com.
Winners will be randomly selected from all entries of each day’s contest.
Winning entries will be posted in the contest blog on 12/27, though any name, organization, or identifiable information will be removed prior to posting. Winners will be contacted via email for shipping information.