Trick or treat: beware of Halloween online scams

by Linas Kiguolis - -

Halloween – a way to make profit for online scammers

Halloween is perfect occasion for scammers to earn money

Halloween festival is not only a busy time for sellers of Halloween costumes and accessories but for online fraudsters as well. They find crafty ways to make a profit out of any festival and Halloween is no exception. If you are looking for a last-minute present for this occasion, make sure the anticipation of the festival will not result in a financial loss and disappointment.

USS Halloween Horror Nights ticket scams on the rise

If you are a fan of these entertaining events, you will definitely not miss a chance to attend them. Likewise, there are hundreds of like-minded people who happen to be a perfect prey for online felons.

Law enforcement officials urge people to be especially careful not to fall for USS Halloween Horror Nights ticket scams. Crooks often require advanced payments. After receiving them, they vanish without delivering the ticket. Halloween ticket scams have steadily been increasing in comparison with 2016[1].

The same principle applies to fake shops online[2]. There have been multiple instances when users waited for the goods ordered from less known sites. Unfortunately, the ordered object never came, or it came with obvious defects. What is more, money refund turns out to be impossible as well since such websites do not mention it in their privacy policies.

Check product measurements

Whether it is a dress designed for a Halloween party or fancy boots, clarify the measurements. It‘s not so bad if the ordered blouse fits your cat size, but what are you going with boots which are only suitable for a gnome?[3]

While such mini decorations might make you burst into laughter, fake objects purchased for a Halloween night might be more menacing. Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) warns users before purchasing costumes which have a direct contact with human skin. Objects purchased from unreliable retailers might possess poisonous materials[4].

You should also be careful when disclosing your personal details. While some fraudsters seek for easy profit, others might be after your data. It later benefits them setting a phishing site.

Tips to avoid Halloween scams

Whether you decided to make a Halloween costume by yourself or purchase the already finished product from an online shop, follow this advice:

  • check new online shop in Better Business Bureau (bbb.org) before making any purchases
  • purchase goods only from trusted retailers and sellers
  • make sure the website guarantees money refund option
  • use trusted shopping platforms

About the author

Linas Kiguolis
Linas Kiguolis - Expert in social media

Linas Kiguolis is one of News Editors and also the Social Media Manager of 2spyware project. He is an Applied Computer Science professional whose expertise in cyber security is a valuable addition to the team.

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