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Cyber Monday Safe Shopping Tips

Beware of ads on social media, agency says

The U.S. Department of Commerce offers these tips for Cyber Monday shoppers:

While looking for deals online, be sure to protect yourself:

  • Beware of ads on search engines or social media — Scammers advertise popular items at deep discounts, but fail to deliver and steal your payment information.
  • Use legitimate apps — Download retailer’s apps directly from their website to be sure you have the real one. Scammers can create imposter apps to steal your payment information.
  • Choose credit over debit — Protect your right to dispute a charge by paying with a credit card.
  • Secure your internet connection — Avoid using public wifi networks when shopping online. Check the URLs (especially on the submit payment screen).

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