GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A record-breaking number of shoppers are expected to take advantage of online deals on Cyber Monday.
But experts want you to be cautious of online scammers that are after your hard-earned cash.
1. Only Order From Secure Websites
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says you should always check a site's security settings before making a purchase. You should look for URL's that start with "https://" and not "http://". The "s" in the URL signifies a secure website. This makes it harder for scammers and hackers to get their hands on personal information like your credit card number.
2. Be Cautious Of Fake Websites
Scammers often pose as legitimate stores to trick shoppers into shelling out their money, according to Kyle James with Rather-Be-Shopping.com. Thieves will create new URL's that are very similar to real websites by altering a word or letter. You should examine every web address carefully. Experts also say to avoid clicking on links to web sites from social media or emails, because that is often how scammers get consumers to visit their fake websites.
3. Watch Out For Fake Shopping Apps
According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), fake phone apps are being used to steal shoppers' personal information and install malware on their phones. They recommend examining apps carefully before making a purchase. You can read reviews of the app and Google its name to make sure the app is legitimate.
You can find savings and online shopping tips at https://www.rather-be-shopping.com/blog/.