Cybersecurity company warns of surge in fake promotions, deals this holiday season

Consumers being tricked with free iPhones
Scammers are sending texts or emails with a link, telling people they have a special deals. However, the link is actually a scam to get you to put in your info.
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 5:45 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 6:22 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Looking for that perfect gift that won’t break the bank? You’re not alone.

“If there’s one thing we love in this country during the holiday season, it’s a ‘good deal,’” Rob Shavell told On Your Side. He is the CEO of DeleteMe, a cybersecurity company that helps people delete their personal information from the web. And during this holiday season, he says his company has seen a surge in fake promotions and deals being sent out via text messages and emails. “Some of the deals that we’re seeing that are very popular are free iPhones, PlayStations and televisions.”

Here’s how the scam works. First, you get a text or email that says a company has a blowout bargain on a TV or iPhone. Then, all you have to do is click on the attached link. But that’s the last thing you want to do.

“All you have to do is put in your personal information like your email address or phone number,” Shavell said. “Sometimes your credit card information into a shopping cart that looks and feels just like the one we’re all familiar with.”

The scammers then take the personal information you voluntarily provided and sell it to data brokers. And if you think you’ll never fall for it, Rob says, think again. “They’re trying to make it look just like something a little left of center so it might be good enough to get your free iPhone because you wouldn’t expect to get that from Amazon,” he explained.

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