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

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The best kitchen deals at Target and Walmart’s big Prime Day-style sales

All of you kitchen and cookware deal-hunters (and anyone hoping to get a jump on holiday shopping) may want to listen up. As is well documented, Amazon’s Prime Day
has moved from its usual home in July to Oct. 13 (that’s today!) and 14. Prime Day is already popping off with big savings on some of the best kitchen gear, small kitchen appliances and quality cookware, and we’ll be bringing you all of the best deals in real-time as they roll out. Not to be outdone, Target and Walmart have jumped in on the Prime Day hoopla, launching major online sales of their own. Some of the best kitchen deals, like Keurig coffee machines, Instant Pots and Ninja blenders are already underway.

We’ve already begun sorting through the online sales to bring you the best of the best. Here’s what we know are already on sale so far during

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Walmart Big Save 2020: Fashion & home deals

Just in time to give Amazon Prime Day some healthy competition, Walmart has launched the Big Save event, offering Black Friday-like sales through Thursday.

a person with collar shirt: Rokka&Rolla Men's Lightweight Hooded Puffer Jacket

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Rokka&Rolla Men’s Lightweight Hooded Puffer Jacket

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Mainstays Gray & Teal 8-Piece Bedding Set

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Mainstays Gray & Teal 8-Piece Bedding Set

Free two-day shipping is available for orders of $35 or more, and some items have free next-day delivery. Start scrolling for our favorite style and home picks, from snappy sandals to the sweetest Instant Pot you’ve ever seen, discounted as low as a third of their original prices.

a close up of a chair: Sweet Life Patty Thong Sandal

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Sweet Life Patty Thong Sandal

Hunter Women’s Original Tall Rain Boots (starting at $69.99, originally $149.99; walmart.com)

They’ve spawned scores of imitators, but these are an original — the Hunter wellie has been punctuating rainy day looks since 1958.

Sweet Life Patty Thong Sandal ($9, originally $32.99; walmart.com)

A perfect resort sandal, for the price of two coffees.


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Big gift for passengers from Railways! Here is what you will get soon on these routes

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Railway ministry has made a big decision concerning trains running at a speed of 130km and above. Now, these trains will only have AC coaches and existing sleeper and general coaches will be replaced by the AC ones. Such trains running on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi Howrah routes will now be equipped with especially designed AC coaches in place of sleeper coaches.

Meanwhile, the trains running with 110 kmph or less will continue to have non-AC coaches.

Railway Ministry has devised this plan to help passengers reach their respective destinations in lesser time. To achieve this target, the railways is trying to increase the speed of mail trains to 130 to 160 kmph. Going forward, these trains will not have any sleeper or general coach.

As per the Indian Railways, old tracks on many routes across the country are being modernised so that it could run

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The Big Fat Indian Wedding Gets A Leaner Look

In a normal year the India Couture Week, an extravaganza of high-end style and bridal wear from the country’s top designers, would have been held in July. That’s when the monsoon season brings cooler temperatures to New Delhi, and when the city’s beautiful and wealthy people return from their European sojourns.

July is also prime wedding-planning season, bringing brides-to-be out of the woodwork, each searching for her dream gown.

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An Indian wedding often has up to five or six events besides the main one. This non-traditional couture outfit made from industrial materials and polymers, from Delhi-based designer Amit Aggarwal’s Couture 2020 collection, would probably be worn by a bride for the cocktails or a “youngsters’ party” (away from the eyes of disapproving elders!)
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More than 20% of Indian brides surveyed in 2018 said they would spend between $13,500 and $27,000 on their weddings. About the same

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YouTube shopping could be the next big thing

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  • A new report suggests that a YouTube shopping feature is on the way.
  • Google admitted that it is testing a form of tagging products at the moment, but wouldn’t say more.
  • Allegedly, Google might be moving to make YouTube a one-stop-destination for all your shopping needs.

If you watch enough YouTube videos, you’ll eventually hear a creator say something like, “I’ll put a link to this product I’m using in the description.” Wouldn’t it be way easier if the link appeared right on the screen?

Related: Here are all five YouTube apps and what each of them do

Apparently, that might be in the works. According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is working on developing a YouTube shopping tool. Theoretically, it would make it easy for creators to link to products directly in videos. They (and Google, naturally) would then earn a commission from those purchases.

Google admitted

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With the big stock-market gains over, it’s time for some unusual ‘coupon clipping,’ HSBC strategist says

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Government bonds aren’t the hedges they used to be, with monetary policy on steroids, says HSBC Global Asset Management strategist. See full story (link).

Netflix is pushing for huge international expansion after successes with ‘Sex Education’ and ‘The Crown’

Netflix is set to triple its office space in the U.K., after a string of high-profile successes in the country. See full story (link).

Pelosi rejects idea of a stand-alone fiscal stimulus measures

Hopes for a restart of talks over a large scale economic stimulus package, or even more targeted aid for the troubled airline industry, took a big hit Thursday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she still wanted a bigger bargain. See full story (link).

Trump’s vaccine czar says the first vaccine should be submitted for emergency authorization around Thanksgiving

Moncef Slaoui, an immunologist by training and a longtime pharmaceutical executive, is running

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With the big stock-market gains over, it’s time for some unusual ‘coupon clipping,’ HSBC strategist says



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Stock markets aren’t really out of line in any direction, to hear one strategist tell it.

“We haven’t got a big qualm with the market at this point in time. I don’t see really significant, anomalous valuations in the market, and that takes me to this idea of staying invested, being diversified, but not being too tactically adventurous,” said Joseph Little, global chief strategist at HSBC Global Asset Management.

Little added the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) isn’t as stretched as it was during the dot-com bubble. HSBC is overweight global stocks, particularly for Northern Asian emerging markets that are leveraged to China’s recovery.

Little isn’t a proponent of the argument, however, to switch now into cyclical stocks from the defensive companies that have outperformed. “I think you need to have a bit more confidence in a macro momentum story, of upgrades to

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Supporting small business on big shopping day

Bob O’Donnell, Special to USA TODAY
Published 5:32 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020


Amazon Prime Day will be on October 13 and 14.


These days it’s hard not to have an opinion about Amazon.

While some choose to focus on the negative, including workplace environment concerns in some of its warehouses or the impact that online retail has had on traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores, many others are extraordinarily grateful for the ability the company has provided during the pandemic to easily order most anything and receive it in a timely, reliable manner without having to step outside their homes.

What often gets lost in the shuffle of these debates is the positive impact that the company is having on small businesses, including minority-owned businesses. Amazon’s upcoming Prime Day Event (scheduled for Oct. 13-14) offers an interesting example.

For the first time ever, Prime Members who order $10

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Covid-19: Trump aide threw big wedding amid restrictions

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Mark Meadows is yet to comment on the reports

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows threw a large wedding for his daughter in May, amid a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, US media report.

The wedding took place in Atlanta, Georgia, on 31 May and some 70 guests attended, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported.

Photos of the event show a large number of people socialising in close proximity, with nobody wearing masks.

The president of the event manager said it had complied with guidelines.

Myrna Antar, of Novare Events, said the company had met Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s order that allowed 10 people per 300 sq ft (28 sq m).

“And while we do not comment on client’s events, we can confirm that the entire 16,000 sq ft of the space was reserved for this small wedding – greatly exceeding the per person square

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