Beware of phishing scams targeting online shoppers, experts say

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Scammers are on the prowl this holiday season. Many of them are looking to target online shoppers with phishing scams they're implementing via social media.

Many experts say it's easier than you might think to be a victim of phishing scams through bogus websites that promise something that's never delivered.

“You go to them, you hand over your email, your payment information, maybe your password and then that's stolen from you and you never get the product or service you paid for,” explained consumer privacy expert Paul Bischoff.

He said during the holiday season, people should be on alert for sites using terms like Cyber Monday or Small Business Saturday, which many scammers are doing to lure holiday shoppers.

He said they found more than 5,000 sites like these that were registered this past month.

And most of the time, these sites will pop up on social media, and after you make your purchase, they disappear.

“The golden rule is if something seems to be good to be true, it probably is,” he advised.

Bischoff added if you believe your bank account was compromised in a phishing scam, you should contact your bank immediately.