Beware of Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday scams

Happy Thanksgiving! Sorry to interrupt your festivities, but just around the corner are the biggest shopping days of the year – Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday. The holidays attract millions of shoppers every year looking to clinch deals, compete for top products and cross names off their shopping lists. We want you and your families to be prepared – and safe!

“With all of these transactions, unfortunately, the fraudsters are also looking to cash out,” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said. “Let’s not give scammers gifts, credit card information or new identities this year,” said AG Rosenblum. “Before you open your wallet, review this list carefully to make sure you can shop with confidence and make the most of all the great holiday deals. Be sure to check out our ten practical tips as well!”

1. Non-Delivery Scam

If a deal seems too good to be true on Black Friday or Cyber ​​Monday, it probably is. When shopping online, you should always receive an order confirmation with a tracking number. But in this scam, you won’t. And surprise, surprise, the package never arrives. When you try to contact the seller for help, you learn that he has disappeared.

2. Gift card scam

In this scam, an online store will ask you to pay with a gift card. If that happens, it should raise some big red flags. Gift cards are often used by cybercriminals to steal your money because these types of purchases cannot be tracked and it is impossible to get your money back.

Treat gift cards like cash, never give out your gift card number or PIN, and use them only with the issuing merchant. For example, you would use a Target gift card at a Target store or on

3. Fake order scam

Phishing is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but modern phishing attacks have become more sophisticated. In the fake order scam, scammers will send encrypted text messages or unsolicited emails to notify you of a “problem” with your online order.

But you never ordered anything! They want you to click on the link in the phishing email, which leads to a website asking for your banking credentials or other sensitive information, which they can use to commit further fraud.

These emails are designed to appear as if they come from a legitimate sender, such as Amazon or Walmart. Please watch out for these and don’t fall for them!

4. Fake delivery scam

Phishing attacks take this scheme even further, as criminals will send fake delivery notifications via SMS or email. Usually these notifications are disguised to come from FedEx, UPS or the US Postal Service.

Much like the fake order phishing scam, you will be prompted to click on a link to accept your delivery, where they will steal your personally identifying information.

5. Fake website scam

Cybercriminals create websites that imitate popular online stores. These copycat websites look exactly like the official retailer, and the untrained eyes of an average consumer can easily fall for it.

If you have unsuspectingly made an online purchase from a fake retail website, criminals may have stolen your credit card information and other personal information, and you should immediately contact your credit card and/or or your bank.

To avoid falling victim to one or more of these scams during Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, check out these 10 practical tips to help you monitor your wallet, shop wisely and protect your personal information online.

If you have been the victim of this, be sure to report it online to the Oregon Department of Justice at or by phone at 1-877-877-9392.