PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — This week, the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday feature focuses on building a digital defense against mystery gift scams:
We are getting more and more reports of this kind of scam from Oregonians through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). How does it work?
You either find a website or get an online offer that promises a giant “mystery box” full of deals. Sometimes, the offer will claim that the items are returned or unclaimed packages from one of the big online retailers.
This deal may cost you $20 or $30 bucks… or, more likely, one hundred or more dollars. In return, you believe your mystery box will bring you a selection of high value items. A TV maybe? Laptop? Some expensive clothes?
If you have hit upon a scammer, your giant box of deals may end actually up being a small box that holds some bubble wrap and a cheap pair of headphones or a…