How consumers can avoid fraud amid big sales week for Amazon, Walmart

  • With e-commerce surging during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Day and the 2020 holiday season may be the perfect hunting ground for online fraudsters.
  • Business Insider spoke with Amazon’s former Director of Corporate Development Aaron Barfoot, who now serves as the chief financial officer of online security firm Forter. 
  • “Good online hygiene means paying attention and being alert,” Barfoot said. 
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It’s a potential nightmare for anyone who’s ever shopped online: checking your bank account or credit card statement to find that a cybercriminal has stolen your identity and run up a huge bill.

During Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sales event and the upcoming 2020 holiday season, that’s a scenario that could become reality for more shoppers than ever before. Former Amazon Director of Corporate Development Aaron Barfoot — who now serves as chief financial officer for online fraud prevention firm Forter — said that 2020 may prove to be an especially risky year for online shoppers, thanks to the surge in online purchases during the coronavirus pandemic.

Forter estimates that transactions by first-time online shoppers have spiked from between 4% to 5% last year to around 10% to 14% in 2020. The overall increase in online transactions makes it “easier for a fraudster to hide,” Barfoot said. In its annual fraud report tracking e-commerce transactions, Forter also found that fraud pertaining to “buy-online-and-pickup-in-store” orders has already increased 55% year-over-year.

“More new customers are going online for the first time,” Barfoot told Business Insider. “Once those new customers are online, they are more susceptible to fraud.”

Those looking to prey upon the influx of inexperienced e-commerce shoppers — especially elderly customers and those without the digital savvy to create strong passwords — come armed with a playbook of fraudulent moves. Hussein Ahmad, CEO of digital

2020 Amazon Prime Day best gaming deals: Nintendo Switch games reduced to under $40

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day is here and although the new Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5 are coming soon, there’s zero chance we’re seeing any discounts on these consoles. Luckily, there are still a ton of deals on games, gaming gear and accessories available over the next two days that are worth a look, including top Switch games marked down to $40 on Amazon.

There are also some great offers from Target, Best Buy and Newegg when it comes to Amazon Prime Day for gamers. We’re keeping an eye out for the best deals on all things gaming and will keep this list up to date with offers as soon as they arrive. Check out the latest below.

Discounted Nintendo Switch games

Several popular Switch games are on sale via Amazon right now. Here’s the best we’ve seen.

Lots of Razer gaming gear is on sale at Amazon right now, and this is a great price for a very high-end mechanical gaming keyboard. Green, yellow and orange switch versions are available at different levels of discount — basically defining how “clicky” you want the keys to be. 

Dell

Here’s your Prime Day splurge. Alienware’s massive 21:9 (really, really widescreen) curved screen display, with a 3,440×1,440 resolution is down to $850. Original price was $1,200, and you can usually find it for around $1,050 or so. 

Corsair

One of the best all-around gaming keyboards, with per-key RGB backlighting and Cherry MX Silver mechanical key switches.

Ubisoft

The next Assassin’s Creed game isn’t even out yet, but you can already knock $10 off for current-gen consoles.

Best Camera Deals for Amazon Prime Day 2020



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Get great photos for less with the best Amazon Prime Day camera deals

If you’re looking to upgrade from the camera on your smartphone and want an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera, you may well be able to snap one up at a great price on Amazon Prime Day. There will be two days of savings on a wide range of items, just for Amazon Prime members.

Even if you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a free trial just to take advantage of the deals. If you cancel before the trial period is up, you won’t be charged at all.

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Best camera deals for Amazon Prime Day 2020

While we’re rounding up our pick of the best deals from the top brands so you can buy the best camera gear at reduced prices on Amazon Prime Day.

Best mirrorless camera deals



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Best photography software deals

Best instant camera deals



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3,000 Amazon workers demand time off to vote: report

  • Amazon workers are demanding that the company give all US employees paid time off to vote in the upcoming election, NBC News reported Tuesday.
  • The petition, which gained more than 3,200 supporters, called for “a paid day/shift off that can be used anytime between now and Election Day on Nov 3” and “every year” in the future, according to NBC News.
  • “We have supplied all of our employees with information on how to register to vote, details of their local polling locations and how to request time off to vote,” an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider.
  • Amazon and subsidiary Whole Foods employ nearly 1.4 million workers in the US.
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Amazon workers, who have become increasingly vocal about the company’s policies during the pandemic, have a new demand: time off to vote in the upcoming US elections.

More than 3,200 Amazon workers have signed a petition circulating internally demanding the company give its entire US workforce a paid day or shift off to vote, NBC News reported Tuesday.

“We are less than a month away from the 2020 US election. I strongly urge the company to provide the entire US employee workforce with a paid day/shift off that can be used anytime between now and Election Day on Nov 3,” read the petition, which has been circulating on an internal Amazon support ticket system, according to NBC News.

The petition also demanded that the “additional day/shift off must be available to all employees every year,” NBC News reported.

Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods have 1,372,000 “front-line” workers across the US — accounting for roughly 1 of every 200 of the country’s voting-age population — but doesn’t currently guarantee them time off to vote in person.

“We have supplied all of our employees with

Amazon Prime Day 2020 Gaming Deals

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Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals 4x3



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Amazon Prime Day 2020 has arrived, delivering hundreds of gaming deals with it. Whether you’re looking for discounts on controllers, games and accessories, or looking for a monitor, mouse or keyboard to upgrade your gaming PC, Prime Day offers some of the best gaming deals of the year.

We’re already seeing deals on games and accessories for the year’s most popular gaming console, the Nintendo Switch. Prime Day 2020 arrives less than a month before the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles, so don’t expect many PlayStation 4 and Xbox One deals.

Popular PC gaming companies like Razer, Logitech, and SteelSeries are also known to drop their products to all-time low prices during Prime Day, too, so we’ll be on the lookout for lightning deals and updating this post regularly during Prime Day on October 13 and 14 with the latest deals.

Prime Day doesn’t have too many sales on individual games yet, but Best Buy is offering a sale on dozens of PlayStation and Xbox titles during Prime Day as a part of their competing “Pre-Black Friday” sale. Walmart is also price matching Amazon for certain Switch sales during Prime Day, if you’re not a Prime member already.

Live Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals

Amazon has discounted several popular Nintendo Switch games by 33% for Prime Day, including “Super Mario Bros U. Deluxe,” “Yoshi’s Crafted World,” “Splatoon 2,” and “Super Mario Party.”

Live Amazon Prime Day PC gaming deals

PC Gaming continues to become more accessible with cheaper parts and accessories, and Prime Day brings deep discounts from top industry brands like Logitech, SteelSeries, and Acer. 

There are already some excellent gaming mice and mechanical