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13 Tips to Avoid Online Scams this Festive Season

October 23, 2015
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Before you get on a shopping spree with so many offers running rampant on the Internet, here are 13 tips to avoid online scams this festive season.

13 Tips to Avoid Online Scams this Festive Season

Tip#1.
Never click on pop-up advertisements, even if they look genuine.

Tip#2.
Don’t respond to unwanted or unexpected promotional emails, even if the sender looks familiar.

Tip#3.
Shop from well-known online websites. Ensure that their payment page’s URL begins with ‘https’ and has a lock symbol.

Tip#4.
Always go for cash-on-delivery payment mode if you are shopping from a less familiar website.

Tip#5.
Don’t go for offers that sound too good to be true. Presenting such fake offers to users is one of the oldest online scams that cyber criminals use.

Tip#6.
Avoid clicking on social media posts that promise gifts in return for a completed survey.

Tip#7.
Do not shop online when you are connected to a public/free, unsecured Wi-Fi network.

Tip#8.
Read reviews of products before you purchase them from a website.

Tip#9.
Be careful of social media posts that ask for donation for charity.

Tip#10.
Be it any offer, do some research on it and ensure that it is for real.

Tip#11.
Do not give away your personal information over email or phone, no matter how urgent the matter sounds.

Tip#12.
Never visit a shopping or banking website by clicking on links received via emails.

Tip#13.
Have a reliable Internet Security program for your PC that can automatically block phishing and infected websites, and stop malicious emails.

Quick Heal protects you from online scams mainly with its Anti-Phishing features:

Safe Banking
Allows you to shop and bank in a virtual environment, away from the reach of hackers and malware. This feature takes all necessary measures to ensure that your personal and financial details are hack-proof.

Web Security
Automatically blocks websites that are designed to steal your personal and banking information.

Email Security
Blocks spam and phishing emails that try to trick you into visiting bogus websites or fill up fake forms.

Online scammers are always on the lookout for you to falter and fall right into their traps. But, following some simple safety measures such as the ones described above, should be good enough to keep you in a safe spot and help you enjoy the festive season with all its glee and glory.

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  1. P. C. KamathOctober 27, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Thanks for the tips. Such tips now and then would definitely cautions one to tread a careful process whenever online purchases are made and especially when you tend to become lenient with the processes after repeat purchases.

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  2. I read 13 notification, and I feel free after read that.

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  3. thankyou i have quick heal

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  4. vinay purohitOctober 27, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    thanks for such useful information to protect ourself specially while online shopping.Thanks again.

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  5. bedaant srivastavvOctober 27, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Thanks for the tips. Such tips now and then would definitely cautions one to tread a careful process whenever online purchases are made and especially when you tend to become lenient with the processes after repeat purchases.

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  6. quickheal internet security is the best softwere for this reason

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  7. Nice information /tip on web security. Feeling more cautious after going through 13 tips.

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  8. CK DhanabalanOctober 27, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    thank you for the information

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  9. Dinesh ChandraOctober 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    I read and good knowage

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  10. Ravinder SinghOctober 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Thanks for most important tips.

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  11. Prasanta Kumar SahuOctober 27, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Go-through your 13 tips. Excellent points to keep in mind always.

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  12. thnx for the tips !!!

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  13. Baljinder KaurOctober 27, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    I have installed quik heal total security on my pc. Really not only my pc but I am felling safe. i am very happy but it is just for 1 month trial version. Please i request
    you to give me this pack for forever in no money. I am a student and have not ability or money to buy this pack. please help me. I will be very thank full to you.
    thanks.

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  14. dharmesh bhathelaOctober 27, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    thanQ so much

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  15. thank you are inform

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  16. Parag DharmadhikariOctober 27, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Thanks. Very useful information for online safety.

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  17. Manohar GajpallaOctober 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Very useful tips. A good reminder.

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  18. a good

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  19. Naresh KumarOctober 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Thanks for giving the Tips, Thanks QUICK HEAL.

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  20. Thx This is very useful information to all

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  21. Nice tips with true content

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  22. Sambit Dhar.October 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Good tips .thanx.

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  23. rajan samarthOctober 27, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    very very useful tips for on line purchase .

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  24. very good

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  25. DINKAR VISHWANATH SARAFOctober 27, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    IT IS A VERY GOOD GUIDANCE TO THOSE WHO ARE TEMPTED TO TRY THEIR LUCK LIKE A LOTTERY.

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  26. i have need to be update these system

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  27. SOUMEN KHANRAOctober 27, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    TO ANY TIME USE QUICK HEAL

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  28. Thanks. Very useful information for online safty.

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  29. Thanks. Very useful information for online shoping

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  30. it is such great idea for avid problems for internet

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  31. UDAYAKUMAR SOctober 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Thank you so much. This is usful for anybody who is fell in trap with online busuness and transaction

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  32. Reyhan DattaOctober 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Thanks for the tips. I do shop online but only from those websites whom I know and have been dealing with for a very long time !

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  33. Thanks for giving the Tips, Thanks QUICK HEAL

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  34. adarsh VashistaOctober 27, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    thanks a lot for the tips . this way you have done a great service to society as a whole . keep it up.

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  35. TO ANY TIME USE QUICK HEAL

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  36. Niranjan PhatakOctober 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Thanks for tips. When friends talk about on line purchase and that they are very cheaper one is tempted. I am a senior citizen and have never made any purchases on line though tempted. However now I will not go for such purchases after getting your tips

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  37. Niranjan PhatakOctober 27, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Thanks for tips. When friends talk of online purchase and that how cheaper are the offers sometimes I am tempted but have never gone for such purchase.

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  38. Bijay PurohitOctober 27, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Thanks for the Tips.

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  39. Rasik DagliOctober 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Very useful tips. All must follow these tips to avoid online scams.

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  40. Very nice Tips and use full .Thanks QUICK HEAL .

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  41. IT IS A VERY GOOD GUIDANCE TO THOSE WHO ARE TEMPTED TO TRY THEIR LUCK LIKE A LOTTERY.
    Very nice Tips and use full .Thanks QUICK HEA

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  42. gautam sharmaOctober 27, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    such a good tips..well done
    thanks quick heal

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  43. Dinesh ParmarOctober 27, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Thanks for tips.

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  44. Ruchi KhareOctober 27, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Thanks for information!

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  45. thanks for ur support

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  46. sukhendu bhuniaOctober 27, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    thanks for such useful information to protect ourself specially while online shopping.Thanks again.

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  47. Viree niece

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  48. thanks for suggestion

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  49. Very useful tips

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  50. Mohammad ArifOctober 27, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Thank you so much Quick Heal. Now i aware such kind of fraud emails or updates.

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  51. Arghyadeep GhoshOctober 27, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Thanks for the tips Quick heal.I cannot open facebook in my desktop. Can you help me Quick heal?

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  52. Joaquim TellisOctober 27, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Thanks for the info. I find it pretty useful.

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  53. V L K JAGANNADHA MURTHYOctober 28, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Thanks for the info. Very nice Tips and use full .

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  54. ashutosh kumar atalOctober 28, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    thnx for giving such important information.

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  55. susmita mukherjeeOctober 28, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    thanks for suggation

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  56. Quick heal is very good antivirus.

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  57. BABU V KUMAROctober 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Very Very thanks for your valid tips. Seems it could be very helpful to avoid any untowards happenings

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  58. it,s good.

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  59. Thanks for suggest. I have already QHTS in my PC and mobile.

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  60. Pramod ChavanOctober 31, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Quick Heal is a really good antivirus

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  61. Respected sir

    I’m Babar unnisa. So my mobile is locked under the quickheal only display sos.emergency call only. Please sir how to unlock thak u .

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  62. Rakesh Kumar ShuklaFebruary 13, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    Thanks

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