Cyber Monday Shopping Tips


November 23, 2011

Just as shoppers take advantage of sales during the online holiday shopping season, cyber criminals will try to take advantage of them.


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Mollie Halpern: Just as shoppers take advantage of sales during the online holiday shopping season, cyber criminals will try to take advantage of them.

Herbert J. Stapleton: A healthy dose of skepticism will go a long way keeping people protected when shopping only online on cyber Monday - and throughout the year.

Halpern:  I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau and this is FBI, This Week. Fraudulent auction sales, gift card scams and phishing e-mails are among the many techniques cyber criminals use to lure their victims. Supervisory Special Agent Herbert Stapleton says when buying from auction or classified ad websites…

Stapleton: The appropriate way to do that would be to use a legitimate online payment service so that the seller of the item doesn’t actually obtain your credit card number.

Halpern: Stapleton also advices not to open unsolicited emails and to buy gift cards directly from the retailer or authorized resale merchant.

Stapleton: Abide by the old adage- if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

Halpern: To report an internet crime and to learn more about how to stay safe online visitwww.ic3.gov.

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