Black Friday is one of the most lucrative shopping days of the year for retailers. Many retailers extend sale pricing throughout this period in an effort to maximize profits and engage eager shoppers, but shoppers arent the only ones looking for deals. This event is particularly appealing for hackers given the surge in shoppers, all of whom are potential targets. Malicious people may be able to obtain personal information (credit card numbers, phone numbers, account numbers, and address details) by stealing your wallet, eavesdropping on telephone conversation, searching through your trash (a practice known as dumpster diving), or picking up a receipt at a restaurant that has your account number on it. If a thief succeeds in gathering enough information, he or she may be able to impersonate you to purchase items, open new accounts, or apply for loans.
The Guyana National CIRT encourages holiday shoppers to take the following identity theft precautions:
Black Friday Shopping: Protect Your Identity (US-Cert)