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7 Cyber Monday Shopping Safety Tips

5:51 PM, Nov 27, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Throngs of shoppers hit stores on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and they're expected to keep spending online on Cyber Monday.

The Monday after Thanksgiving is the biggest online retail day of the year. Cyber Monday is meant to be the online equivalent to in-store Black Friday shopping.

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"It's more convenient," one shopper said. "You don't have to deal with traffic."

"You don't have to worry about the crowds," Rolesa Indalecio said.

Indalecio stocked up on presents for her kids last year on Cyber Monday.

"I bought some video games, some Wii games," Indalecio said. "I actually bought the Wii system too."

Judy Utter had never heard of Cyber Monday, but she has shopped online.

"I have done that. It is easy," Utter said. "But, I like to feel and touch them when I buy them and you can't do that online."

Some retailers started their Cyber Monday sales early on Sunday. Other retailers' are going so far as to brand the sale as "Cyber Week."

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Safety Tips

The FBI sent out these cyber shopping tips:

  1. Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  2. Only open attachments from known senders. Always run a virus scan on an attachment before opening it.
  3. Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  4. Always compare the link in the e-mail to the web address link you are directed to and determine if they match.
  5. If the email appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence form the business will provide proper contact information.
  6. If you are required to act quickly or there is an emergency, remember fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act inpulsive.
  7. If it looks to good to be true, it probably is.

Avoid links, e-mails, and pop-up ads that you did not solicit. Those could take you to a site that's counterfeit. If you are not watchful, you could end up giving them your personal information and you could be ripped off.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

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