Hackers have found their way into major department store computers, and a variety of other access points to foul up banking and purchase transactions over the last year. Now they are luring the public with phoney delivery messages.
The Better Business Bureau is one of the watchdog agencies warning you not to open emails that suggest your deliver is delayed, a confirmation number is needed, or some kind of issue has arisen from your purchase recently. If you have concerns, contact the story directly.
Inside some of the bogus emails are spyware components that could mean a cyber thief is going get into your private information.
Many Santa Barbara shoppers said today they are seeing more requests for their personal information this year than every before. Their guard is up and many said they are not falling for it on the emails, or by phone.
When in doubt, delete the mail and see if the company is legitimate that is sending the notice. In many cases, they are not and only out to scam people out of money during the holidays.