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).