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Scammers target online shoppers during Cyber Monday

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The National Retail Federation released a survey Sunday that said more people are shopping online than in stores.

The NRF estimated that roughly 103 million Americans shopped online over the Thanksgiving weekend.

However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says scammers know that you're likely going to shop from the comfort of your own home.

This holiday season, the FBI is warning against offers that likely seem too good to be true.

The top three techniques include phishing emails, quick money making offers, and false incentives.

Target 1: Email

Scammers often use e-mail to advertise hot-ticket items of the year that may become hard to find during the holidays to lure unsuspecting consumers to click on links. Steer clear of untrusted sites or ads offering items at unrealistic discounts or with special coupons. You may end up paying for an item, giving away personal information and credit card details and then receive nothing in return, along with your identity compromised.

Target 2: Social Media

Beware of posts on social media sites that appear to offer vouchers or gift cards, especially sites offering deals too good to be true, such as a free $500 gift card. Some may pose as holiday promotions or contests. It may even appear one of your friends shared the link with you. If so, it is likely your friend was duped by the scam after it was sent to them by one of their friends. Oftentimes, these scams lead to online surveys designed to steal personal information.

Target 3: Smartphones

Be on the lookout for mobile applications designed to steal your personal information from your smartphone. Such apps are often disguised as games and are often offered for free. Research the company selling or giving away the app and look online for third party reviews before installing an app from an unknown source.

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