Customers should beware of counterfeit merchandise

Customers should beware of counterfeit merchandise

In an effort to provide data security and make sure customers are staying safe, businesses should let people who frequent their eCommerce websites know that fake tablets are becoming more prevalent, according to OpSec Security. While PCI compliance should protect cardholders at the point-of-sale, cards may be mishandled by these fake devices before they ever get to the website.

"Whether it's through clever manipulation of photos on auction sites or simply a 'too good to be true' bargain, many consumers may fall prey to these scammers if not properly educated," Tom Taylor, president of brand protection for OpSec Security, said. "Given the number of new tablet technologies projected to debut at CES, it's likely we will see an uptick in counterfeit tablets within weeks of the show."

The company said to check whether the price is too good to be true, businesses and consumers should check the veracity of the images being used in online descriptions and research the company selling the devices.

Lance Whitney of CNET said with the Consumer Electronics Show taking place, there are more tablets out there than ever, so there is more opportunity for scam artists. PCI DSS should be followed to make sure IT security can withstand attacks these corrupted devices may have on ecommerce businesses and their customers.