DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Online shopping can be an easy and convenient option during the holiday season. Whether by phone or laptop, purchases can be made with the click of a button, but this time of year is also a popular time for scammers looking for their next big payday.
“Anyone and everyone can and has been scammed,” said Dean Neubauer, a Special Agent with the FBI.
Neubauer says online scams have become more sophisticated over the years, with scammers using trust and believability to defraud people.
“They’ll start getting more sophisticated in the emails that they are sending where it’s one that you might expect and you might click on,” he said.
There are many ways people can protect themselves online. That includes looking for character substitutions in emails and websites.
“Make sure it’s a reputable site. There are resources out to find out like ‘Is this site legit?