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Spotting internet scams during the holidays

District of Idaho United States Attorney’s Office

Okay, you just got a text that says your Christmas package can’t be delivered and they need more information before they can bring it to you. Or, you just got an email that says your subscription to your favorite magazine just got renewed but they need more information to get it to you.

Or, you just got a pop-up from “tech support” or law enforcement saying your bank account has been hacked and you need to move your money into their new, safe account.

All of these are scams, designed to steal your money and identity and they’re being highlighted as part of a new consumer protection campaign called Don’t Click December.

The U.S. Attorney for Idaho Josh Hurwit joined Idaho Matters to tell us what to watch for and how to avoid getting scammed this holiday season. And you can learn more from the FBI or report a hack at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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