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Cyber Monday shoppers beware of scammers

Cyber Monday shoppers need to beware of scammers that might lurk online. Cyber Monday shoppers need to beware of scammers that might lurk online.

Some Heartland residents might skip out on Black Friday this weekend, and instead cash in on some hot deals online for Cyber Monday.

"I think it's easier so I don't have to go into stores, nor do I have to fight with people," Lydia Goodman said.

Last year, sales topped $1.7 billion for Cyber Monday, and they are expected to be even higher this year.

However, the Better Business Bureau says while it maybe more convenient, it can still be dangerous.

Scammers can easily hide behind a computer, just waiting for you type in your personal information into a site that's not secure.

Other companies might just take your money and never actually deliver your gift.

Goodman said guarding her precious financial information is most important.

"It's so easy to get your identity stolen or your credit cards taken where people can use them," Goodman said. "And that's one thing you really need to look into. If a lot of people have the security things online then you really just need to look up there and see if the website is secure. If it's not then you don't need to shop on it."

The BBB says it comes down to being educated, taking a few extra minutes to check if a website is secure can save you from a grinch that's looking to ruin the holiday season.

"Luckily some websites do show you up at the top if it's a secure website and if I feel iffy about it, I'm not not going to get on there even if it says it has awesome deals," Goodman said. "I would rather pay 15 dollars for something than two dollars for it. It's better, I'd rather not get anything stolen from me."

The BBB offers the following tips before you press purchase:

  • Check a site's security settings. If the site is secure, its URL (web address) should start with "https://."
  • Protect you personal information. Read a site's privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. If a site lacks a privacy policy, it could be a red flag that the site could sell your information without your permission.
  • Beware of too-good-to-be-true deals. Offers on websites and in unsolicited emails may display free or very low prices on hard-to-find items. There may be hidden costs or your purchase may sign you up for a monthly charge.
  • Beware of phishing. Legitimate businesses do not send emails claiming problems with an order, account or a package to lure the buyer into revealing financial information.
  • Pay with a credit card. Credit cards offer better fraud protection, making it more likely to get all of your money back should you be affected by a scammer.
  • Keep documentation of your order. Save a copy of the confirmation page of an order or emails confirming the order until you receive the item and are satisfied.

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