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How to Practice Safe Shopping on Cyber Monday

Law enforcement officials offer timely tips for protecting yourself from online scams.

How to Practice Safe Shopping on Cyber Monday

 

 

Many people will be looking for deals on Cyber Monday.

Just remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't.

The FBI offers these tips to help protect shoppers from online scams:

  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Always run a virus scan on attachment before opening.
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail to the web address link you are directed to and determine if they match.
  • Log on directly to the official Web site for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
  • Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify that the e-mail is genuine.
  • If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act impulsively.

(These tips were  offered by the FBI last year.)

      Do you have precautions you take for safe holiday shopping? You can tell us in the comments section below.

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