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11/24/2020
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CISA Warns of Holiday Online Shopping Scams

The agency urges shoppers to be cautious of fraudulent websites, unsolicited emails, and unencrypted financial transactions.

The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today posted an advisory to warn shoppers of online scams ahead of the holidays. 

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As people around the country prepare for the holiday season, CISA officials encourage them to be careful of fraudulent websites spoofing legitimate businesses, unsolicited emails pretending to be from charities, and unencrypted financial transactions. Included in their advisory are links to resources where people can read up on online safety tips and social engineering scams.

If someone believes they're a victim of a holiday shopping scam, CISA advises reporting the incident to local police, filing an online report at the Federal Trade Commission's Report Fraud page, watching for unexpected financial charges, and changing potentially exposed passwords.

Read the full CISA advisory here.

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