Analysts predict this year’s Cyber Monday will be the biggest online shopping day in history.
To avoid being duped, BBB says:
Start with trust – Check a company with BBB.org, check reviews and research to be sure you’re buying from a reputable business.
Right site – Don’t click on pop-up ads or use an internet search to find well-known retailers. Scammers buy pop-ups and set up cloned sites that look and ‘feel’ like real sites offering deals that are too good to be true – all to steal credit card numbers and identifying information. Type the address for a trusted retailer in the address bar of your browser. Check your address bar often to be sure you’re on the right site.
Credit card only – Credit cards carry more protection for the buyer. Don’t use a debit card to shop online and never wire money to someone you don’t know.
Fight the urge to click – Scammers will send millions of emails disguised as messages from well-known retailers and shippers claiming there’s a problem with your order. Don’t click on links in an email unless you’re convinced beyond doubt it’s legit.
Beware porch poachers – Choose a shipping method that gets the package to you – and not a thief watching for an opportunity. Choose a shipping method that gives you a tracking number. Ship to your work or ask a neighbor to watch for the package so a thief doesn’t poach it off your porch when you’re not home.