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It’s not only the winter holidays season – it’s also the scamming season! Besides being buried by ransomware cases, unprotected users are also tricked by the multiple online scams, mostly associated with well-known shopping websites such as AliBaba and Amazon.

One freshly baked scam that has already fooled many people is ‘inspired’ by Amazon.

The ‘Amazon Offers 50% Off Coupon’ scam explained

This particular scam has adopted a distribution method that has proven to be very effective – via forwarded emails and social media posts. Of course, as with many other ‘seasonal’ scams, the victim is first asked to complete a survey. Thus, experts are calling these types of scams survey scams.

This is how the scam looks like:
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Why is it not a good idea to participate in such surveys?

Cyber crooks may trick you into sharing your personal information, be it identifiable or non-identifiable. Then, this information is usually sold to third parties and there is no way telling how the information will be abused.

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Another typical action required by the user is interacting with the ‘share’ button on social media such as Facebook, or leaving a comment. Such scams usually employ fake profiles that have written fake comments claiming that the offer/survey is real and that they have received their award. Never fall for such claims, as you will compromise both your identity and your computer.

Clicking on random links is also not advisable, since you may be redirected to a malware-contaminated website.

How to stay protected against survey and social scams?

The best way to know if a website is real is by closely observing the URL address. If the website claims to be Amazon but its URL doesn’t look like the official one – navigate away from the page. If you’re not sure, just open the original page and compare them. You can also use VirusTotal or another similar service to scan suspicious websites.

Another thing to do is sustaining a strong anti-spyware program. It’s also recommended to run a full system scan, if you have been fooled and participated in the survey.

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