Black Friday is upon us and this means that, if you have need of a specific device or you know somebody who needs a device, you’d best fill your wallet and start shopping. Electronics prices are dropping for one day, but you practically have a few hours to get the good stuff. If you happen to fall out of these few early hours, there are a lot of Black Friday schemes that you want to dodge.
To begin with, you really want to make sure that all your sources are correct. This means that you’ll have to start with the site from which you are buying to the delivery confirmation that you are going to receive on your email. There are scammers out there who know everything there is to know about consumer behavior and they will try to profit from your mistakes to the best of their abilities.
First things first: you want to make sure that if you receive any mail regarding your confirmation and you can do so by checking whether it came from the retailer or not. Any mail that is coming from someone else who does not appear to be your retailer might be a fraud, so make sure that if you receive something, it needs to be from the source. Retailers are very aware of this issue and nobody will ever send you a mail from another source when you are expecting a gadget.
Although you might know this, it is better to remind everyone that, if you want to make a payment, the page you are on when completing it should have an “https” on the left side of the link in your browser. If you do not have “https” or you have a red “https” that is cut with a diagonal line, you should under no circumstances complete that payment.
As a final warning, you might want to always be on the lookout for when and where your new device is due to arrive. This is because scammers are trying to be vigilant and grab whatever they can before the owner gets their hands on it first. If your package is set to arrive at 16:30 at your doorstep, be at 16:30 at your doorstep. Otherwise some wise guy will be there and grab your package for you.
These are the Black Friday schemes that you want to dodge. Remember: vigilance is the best way to rid yourself of pesky issues like these ones.