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Avoiding Cyber Monday Scams

Monday is one of the most popular holiday shopping days. But, unlike Black Friday, the Cyber Monday deals aren't over yet.

While ordering gifts online from the comfort of your home may be pretty appealing, it can also open you up to attacks from scammers and hackers.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers has some safety tips to help you fight off these holiday grinches and keep you safe while shopping on the internet.

"It's fun, it's can be fun just like going to the mall," Kassie Pounds said.

She loves to shop online.

With the point and click of her mouse, she's crossing off her Christmas gift list all from her living room couch.

"There are a few things I know I want to buy so I thought, why not take advantage today, to see if it's on sale," Pounds said.

Last year, more than 96 million Americans shopped online during Cyber Monday.

But, before submitting your personal information to just any site, know there are risks involved.

"This day, people are shopping online more than any other so, yes, the scams are out there and people are going to find them," Monica Horton said.

Horton is the president of the North Central Texas Better Business Bureau. She said they receive the most calls closer to Christmas, when all those who got scammed fail to receive their gifts in the mail.

So, she said it's important to be proactive. First of all, make sure you are dealing with a trustworthy business.

"I have found if you go directly to the web site and you know what you're shopping, if you shop places you know, you won't have a problem with it," Pounds said.

To protect your personal information, read the privacy policy.

Pounds said she knows some of the security measures to look for.

"When you get to your checkout at the top it's http-s after that so you know it's a secure site and a little lock in the address bar," she said.

Horton said it's best to use a credit card as opposed to your debit card, because they have protections in place in case you don't receive your merchandise.

Also, be on the lookout for any suspicious e-mails.

"You may receive a phishing e-mail from UPS or Fedex saying there's a problem with order telling you to click here and give us your information. That's a popular scam this time of year," Horton said.

Be sure to keep all documentation and confirmation numbers for your online orders.

Also, be sure to check your credit card statement often for any suspicious activity.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6

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