Can You Spot the Phishy Deals this Holiday Season?

Test your cyber security knowledge before you start hunting for gifts online!

Can You Spot The Dangerous Holiday Deals From The Safe Ones?

Holiday shopping can be tricky, even without the possibility of cyber scams– take our quiz to see if you can spot the dangerous deals from the real ones. Do your best, there may be a sweet deal waiting for you at the end! 


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126 comments

  1. Anonymous -

    I have been using fix me stick for years and I like it very very much. Thank you

  2. Brian Rumanek -

    Be wary of going to strange sites. If the picture is blurry, be wary. If the claim is too outrageous, be wary. If it asks you to refer friends, don’t.

  3. Anonymous -

    One can not be too careful when buying on line. I do not trust the system and would much rather go to the store to see and purchase my gifts.

  4. Anonymous -

    You never get anything for nothing and if you think it is too good to be true and most likely is and stay away from it. The auction displayed in the test would never be able to sell as much as they are saying in one week, gives it away that it is a scam.

  5. Danny Kroeker -

    I don’t like shopping unless I can see the item with my eyes and have it in my hands. Our world today has a lot of scamers and thieves. I’m 86 years of age and have been
    around the”block” many times in my life. I’ve been in Alaska, Panama, Ecuador..(22 yrs) Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, etc. You never know what you might find and
    who is trying to trick you. Merry Christmas!!

  6. Rene -

    I’m unlikely to respond to all of these messages but I got tricked by one that I did not quite understand because I don’t believe I would have received such a message. Can you guess which one that was?

  7. don -

    The mcafee question, I would never allow a website like mcafee send me to another web site unless Mcaffee header at the top of the page starts with a padalock symbol in the http:// header. #2 I do not use Mcafee because it is a controlling program that keeps trying to over write my system.

  8. Connie K -

    Since I do not purchase on line and avoid all the ads I feel that I am safe so far. My plans for the future stay the same.

  9. Anonymous -

    I don’t shop online if I can’t find something in a store I don’t need it

  10. Anonymous -

    it is hard to know if this is a scam, so always error on the side of caution

  11. Anonymous -

    The ads should be more realistic, not so obvious. Us retired intelligence officers are pretty cynical. The only one I got wrong was the question about the McAfee warning. I am not familiar with the current version.

  12. Dodi -

    Got them all right, but can you point out the areas of concern on each of these. It may be helpful

  13. Anonymous -

    Thank you for bringing these items to my attention, and I’ll share it.

  14. FixMeStick -

    Hey there, no problem, you can share via the icons right below the quiz title.

  15. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Bev, sorry to hear this. If you’re on a Windows computer you can zoom in by hitting the ‘Windows’ key and the ‘+’ key together or with Mac by hitting the the ‘Command’ key and the ‘+’ key together.

  16. FixMeStick -

    Glad you found so, Glenda! Share with your friends via the icons below the title so they can take it too.

  17. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Connie, that’s definitely one way to not fall into scams!

  18. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Don, there’s no padlock on this page because the page in the example is a malicious one– that’s why McAfee was trying to direct away from it. But glad to hear you’re looking at the address bar!

  19. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Dorothy, yes it pays to be critical of every site you’re on!

  20. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Mary, that certainly would be meta. You can know it’s not a scam by checking our address bar.

  21. FixMeStick -

    Hey there, we wanted to create a resource to help you think critically about online scams! Share with your friends if you found the quiz helpful!

  22. FixMeStick -

    Hey there, glad to hear it! We hope you enjoyed our quiz as well (:

  23. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Alicia, that certainly would be meta! You can tell it’s not a scam by checking the URL in the address bar.

  24. penny cashen -

    It would have been nice if after each answer you told us exactly why it is a scam and what to look for.

  25. Anonymous -

    5 out of 7 one I read wrong. Nice to have a quiz and keep us sharp.

  26. Frank -

    6 out of 7 correct. Just use common sense when looking at e-mails .

  27. Littlevamp -

    Why would you not know that info, and that’s not something you should have thought about??? REALLY… or Y’ALL (FIX ME STICK) EVEN KNOW… SERIOUSLY!! I use you guys fix me stick, and you tell someone that’s something y’all NEVER CAUGHT…
    SERIOUSLY, I CAN NOT BELIEVE YOU EVEN SAID THAT.. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?? WHEN PROGRAMMING YOUR STICK, YOUR GOING TO CATCH OR KNOW THAT INFO WHEN MAKING OR SELLING YOUR PRODUCT!!!
    NOW I’M WONDERING IF YOU GUYS ARE EVEN LEGIT OR NOT…???

  28. Ken -

    Missed the McAfee, I use chromebook so there is no way for me to really know for sure { did not see the padlock in address bar ) is why I got it wrong–lol–

  29. JAMES BOUYER -

    I DO NOT FIXMESTICK ANYMORE,BECAUSE I CANNOT CALL THEM ANYMORE.I WANT TO CANCEL MY SERVICE BECAUSE OF THIS.I USE TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO LIVE PERSON.I DO LIKE MACFEE.THEY CHARGE TO MUCH.MY COMPUTER IS MESSED UP.FIXMESTICK DO NOT WORK,AND I JUST RENEWED MY SERVICED IN NOVEMBER.

  30. Cindy Sexton -

    I keep getting better & better!
    7/7 I contribute it all to reading all your
    Blogs……so much information!!
    I’ve been scammed before by a warning & freeze supposedly by Microsoft. When I told them I was taking screen shots of every
    Thing and reporting them they hung up
    On me!! Because of you I have
    Recognized that error and posted how to
    Get out of this warning that froze
    My computer. You all are awesome
    And I can’t thank you enough!
    Great support team!!

  31. Tony Costa -

    You have an excellent product and it works period. Thanks for bringing this to the market. Every computer should have this device. Your friends at PictureStock – Happy Holidays:)

  32. FixMeStick -

    Hey there, nice job! Keep on the lookout for more coming your way!

  33. Jessica Szarek -

    Hey Frank, nice, glad to hear you know what to look out for.

  34. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Ken, there was no padlock because McAfee was redirecting you away from a malicious site.

  35. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Cindy, nice! Glad to hear you enjoy our site and service! (:

  36. FixMeStick -

    Hey there Tony, no problem! Glad to hear you enjoy our site! (:

  37. Anonymous -

    I would like fixme stick to do bios repair and work correctly for me

  38. Robert Canamar -

    A couple of these I got wrong because I could not read what they were. Everything was to tiny.

  39. Anonymous -

    It’s not explaining why each answer is either right or wrong at the end.

  40. Giraffe 1144 -

    Thank you very much for all the information you send us. I bought Fix-me about 2 years ago. I look forward to reading everything whenever you send to my mailbox. I really enjoyed this quiz, I got 6 right of the 7 printed. Thank You Fix-Me Staff, keep up the great work and all the information you send me. Have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and I wish everyone at Fix-Me a Healthy, Happy 2019. Giraffe 1144.

  41. Timothy W Single -

    I am goinng to try fixemestick for the first sounds to good to be true

  42. Gerald -

    I easily answered each question correctly. One just needs to continually educate one’s self and not become comfortable with anything online unless you know it’s a trusted site and carefully read the URL’s. We gotta remember the world wide web isn’t safe and never will be. Be mindful. 🙂

  43. Graham Johnson -

    The one I got wrong was because it was in Spanish and I don’t speak Spanish so would not use the site unless I could translate.

  44. BobP -

    Fairly good test. The McAfee question I chose it as a scam . I use Kaspersky and they don’t redirect. I think any redirect is dangerous and probably a scam!bB

  45. Stuart -

    If in doubt I always treat things as a scam it is better to stay on the safe side. If I can totally identify the sender then and only then will I reply.

  46. Steven -

    i too have been using my Fix Me Stick for years.

    Since FMS doesn’t go “one step Beyond”, I wish FMS would identify the viruses so we can go back in &
    check files the bad guys may have changed already.

  47. Jim -

    I couldn’t read most of what was displayed, even after zooming in on my computer. I would never trust a pop-up to take me to the right web address, even if it says it’s McAfee.

  48. Kat -

    Thanks for this info. 6/7. Got the McAfee one wrong as I too didn’t like it asking to send me to another site. Oops. But love the fix me stick use it on both my computers.

  49. jacky -

    Took the quiz wow 7 out of 7 Well done to me. I am very careful on line but one must not get complacent. also well done to you all at fix me stick. keeps us on our toes.

  50. Donna -

    That was good & very helpful however I got scammed on a website: asseenontv-superstore!!! $165.05 , I knew it after I tried to contact them 16 times & I had to get card involved… 8f all people I’m the one who is always so cautious .

  51. Keegan Anfield -

    Sorry about that Robert, we’re working on a better way to make the images larger.

  52. Keegan Anfield -

    Thanks for the nice note! We’re glad we can send you awesome content that you enjoy. If you have any ideas of other topics you’d like us to write about let us know.

  53. Keegan Anfield -

    Hey Timothy! Glad you’re trying FixMeStick – let us know if we can be of any help.

  54. Keegan Anfield -

    It’s always good to be skeptical. Glad you liked the test Bob!

  55. Keegan Anfield -

    Hi Steven, you can check out what FixMeStick removed by visiting the customer portal here: app.fixmestick.com

  56. Keegan Anfield -

    Hey Jim! Thanks for the feedback, we’re working on making the images bigger for next time.

  57. Keegan Anfield -

    Hi Donna! Glad this was helpful, sorry to hear you got scammed. If you ever have questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  58. Keegan Anfield -

    Hi James, I’m really sorry that you can’t call us. If yo’d like to email us your serial number from the side of your FixMeStick to support@fixmestick.com we can cancel and refund your subscription.

  59. Anonymous -

    I have seen Mcafee display the website was dangerous , but I don’t ever remember them asking if I wanted to go to a particular site. Doesn’t matter, playing safe never hurts!

  60. Anonymous -

    That was a good quiz. I got them all right because I am not trusting anymore. I read about all the latest scams and keep my clients informed. We all need to keep each other safe.

  61. Anonymous -

    I had a problem getting out of fix me stick and I phoned and got help right away.

  62. Elana -

    Always be careful online, if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. I got 7 out of 7 right, doesn’t mean I know it all, I’m just very careful when buying online.

  63. Anonymous -

    Some of these did not have full URLs. What threw me was the absence of https:// on the McAfee image. On my PC, I would probably recognize whether it was legitimate, but it’s always better to err toward safety and re-type if you’re not sure. The last image, the auction site, had no URL and I didn’t recognize it, but I would never buy from or bid on an auction site I haven’t at least minimally investigated.

  64. Linda -

    Thanks for trying our quiz, Elana! You definitely have to stay vigilant whenever you purchase products or services online.

  65. Jacky -

    Jacky – wowzer. I got a 7 out of 7 pleased with myself. But I don’t get too up myself, I am still very vigilant. Thanks for the quizzes

  66. Linda -

    Thanks for the tips! You are right, legitimate websites should have the https:// designation in the URL. In this case, the website in the image is unsafe so that is why the McAfee warning popped up. So in short, the website URL in the image is not legitimate, but the McAfee warning is legitimate.

  67. Vincent -

    I shop almost exclusively online. My philosophy is that if I cannot find it on Amazon or E-Bay, I don’t really want or need it. In other words, stick with what is familiar to you because scams stick out like a sore thumb.

  68. Linda -

    That’s also a great tip, Vincent! Online shopping has its advantages like convenience. If you stick with known and trusted websites, then you are less likely to fall victim to a scam.

  69. Sarah B -

    I answered 6 out of 7 correctly I don’t use McAfee
    , but the fix me stick is great.

  70. Anna -

    Quiz very educational.
    I did great a perfect 7 out of 7 yaaaa!!!????

  71. Anonymous -

    I declared all of your case potential scams because I don’t do business with emails that I did not initiate. Unless I know them to be trustworthy. That’s my personal policy. And it works very well.

  72. Alison LeGere -

    Good stuff. But I had to stop answering the legitimate or scam questions, because I could only read questions and answers, the sample picture words are too small. When I hit window and “+” (which is really “=”) the whole thing got blurry (probably just my system)

    other than that, always enjoy your updates and info.

    Annie

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