Cyber Monday tips for online shopping safety

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This year’s Cyber Monday is expected to be the largest online shopping day this year, and the largest in history.

However, some cyber-security experts warn before you go on that shopping spree, take caution.

“One of the biggest mistakes people make on Cyber Monday has to do with phishing. You receive an e-mail from a shopping center or store you use, but it’s actually from a cyber criminal trying to get your information.” said attorney Zachary Heck.

Heck suggests instead of clicking on the link in that e-mail, go directly to the website of the retailer to search for the deal.

Last year, nearly 16,000 victims of credit card fraud in the U.S. collectively lost more than $48 million, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

“Another mistake I see people make is using their debit card to make online purchases. Your debit card is connected to your checking and saving account and if an intruder has access to that they can potentially wipe that out,” said Heck.


He suggests only using one card for online shopping in case that does happen.

Heck adds, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Consumers can also take extra caution by signing up for transaction monitoring alerts from their banks and credit unions to immediately BE notified when your card has been used, provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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