Monday is predicted to become the busiest shopping day in history, generating $6.6 billion in sales. With that much spending activity online comes increased risk of people falling victim to scams.
The Better Business Bureau has put out a list of tips on how consumers can protect themselves.
Beware of social media: Many scammers attempt to lure shoppers through social media and online ads. If you can’t buy products from a trusted third-party website, think twice before buying.
Ensure the website your on is legitimate. It’s easy for a fake site to mimic a famous retailer’s website. To double check the legitimacy of a site, search it a on the BBB’s website.
Shopping with a credit card online can actually add extra layers of security. They typically provide additional protections over a debit card in case of fraudulent transactions. If your card number is compromised, it’s easier to dispute charges that you didn’t approve.
You can also make sure websites you are visiting are secure. Do so by checking the site’s url. If it begins wth ‘https’ it is secure. The ‘s’ on the end stand for secure.
Finally, as always, be a savvy shopper. If a deal appears to be too good to be true, it probably is.