Cyber Monday: Watch out for online scammers, officials warn

Millions of people will go online for Cyber Monday looking for deals as they start their holiday shopping.

Also hoping to take advantage: scammers.

The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of the risks associated with online shopping.

The organization has a few tips for people doing their holiday shopping online:

  • Look out for false advertising and fake websites. Some prices that seem too good to be true may be a sign of a scam. Make sure you are logging on to a company's legitimate website, and not one that has a slightly different spelling.


  • Keep antivirus software updated.


  • For online shopping, always use a credit card, instead of a prepaid debit card or wire transfer, because you can track questionable charges and dispute them later.


  • Watch out for phishing scams. Be wary of unsolicited emails telling you that you have a free gift after you click a link and give out some of your personal information.
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