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Black Friday 2018: beware of fraud and scams if you are going to buy ‘online’

The discounts prenavideños of the Black Friday, imported from the united States to Spain have already become a tradition. The Spanish merchants began to apply these offers about six years ago and more and more consumers take advantage of discounts for shopping online. Almost a third of purchases that will be made this year for the Black Friday will be over the Internet, according to a study by the search engine iAhorro. Experts and authorities recommend caution to avoid losing money in web sites that are false and to insulate themselves against the scammers.

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To avoid being carried away by false offers, the National Police recommend that you ensure the reliability of the pages in which you are going to enter the number of a credit card. It is recommended to apply common sense to distinguish between the online sites reliable and that can be a scam. Sometimes it is not so easy: there are scams to highly sophisticated where the appearance of the web is equal to that of a known brand, and even their logos. However, the address of the website is not accurate: the change one letter of the original name or add some word at the end. In case of doubt, they recommend not to carry out the transaction. To know if a web site is secure, the Police explain that there is that check if you see the padlock icon in the address bar of the browser. This is a small drawing with the shape of a padlock, usually blue or green, and that is to the left of the address when you are browsing websites for purchase.

The director general of Sophos Iberia, Ricardo Maté, recommended in a press note to use web filters, which directly impede the navigation of pages that are well-known for being used to run scams such as theft of banking data. Also be careful with mobile applications that are downloaded. "Sometimes Google Play or Apple App Store can be a gate of access to the personal data that is stored in the mobile", says Maté in the press release.

Care with the bargains excessive

The experts of Legálitas advise you not to ignore the offers that seem “too good to be true, because it is likely that they are not”. Warn that in these days of deals proliferate the web Vdcasino pages you are looking to stay data bank and access to credit cards to make unauthorized charges that may go unnoticed. For that reason, the Police recommended to check during these days all the charges that are made in the personal bank accounts. In addition, they indicate that the payments to be made always through intermediate platforms of payment, with the balance reduced, and to always double-check to approve the transaction, with an SMS for example.

The experts at the security company Sophos also warned of the danger of typosquatting, a term that refers to the technique used by the cybercriminals to take advantage of typographical errors made by users when typing in their mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. In this way, directing you to the domains that they pretend to be legitimate, when they are not and may have a virus or malicious software.

In the page Legálitas claim that a client of his firm negotiated a purchase by Internet, and after making the payment, the company disappeared. “You have to be wary of websites that are not known. If at any time we are asked for a PIN in a purchase online, it is a scam. It is not necessary to provide this data in Internet shopping”, they explain.

Another trick that recommended the law firm to detect fraud during the shopping of Black Friday is to check that the online site where you are performing the shop have a physical address that claim, in addition to a name and the id number of the trade. The page must also include a contact through the customer service or after-sales service, via phone, postal address or e-mail.

in Addition, the websites must also include a secure protocol, data is sent in an encrypted manner using a platform that HTTPS appears in the browser bar. Doing these checks will help users to avoid fraud type phishing, which consists in the identity theft of a well-known company that consumers trust, but is in fact an imposter that attempts to steal banking data.

are you Sure that there is a reduction in the price?

One of the regular consultation that customers have made in other years the lawyers of Legálitas are related to discounts false and misleading advertising. A customer observed that a product had a day after the Black Friday the same price during the bidding period, when he had bought it. For these cases, consumers should know that the advertising has to be truthful, so any discount that you inform the company and they are subsequently violated, may be claimed. It is recommended to save the brochures and advertisements to prove the deceptions of the companies.

it Is very important to keep in mind that it is easier to steal personal and banking data through wifi networks that are open to the public, so that it is preferable to avoid them. It is also advisable to use keys robust, with alternating numbers, letters, uppercase, lowercase, and other signs. It is recommended to use a different password for each platform, and change them on a regular basis. Sophos Iberia explains in their press release that it is very useful to use operators which create random passwords, that the remembered and automatically entered. These tools are able to detect when a website is fraudulent or prevent access to it.

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