Shoppers are spending billions of dollars this Cyber Monday. Con artists are also online looking for consumers who fall into their traps.
“In today’s world, it’s next to impossible to know if the website you’re going to is legitimate or if it’s being run by some kid next door in his garage,” said Dax Gulje, a technologist and director of enterprise strategy for Right Scale.
According to the FBI, there are thousands of malicious websites on the internet. Most of the people who fall for these tricks are Californians.
“Number one, don’t input your credit card information on any website that you’re not sure about or you didn’t personally go to visit yourself,” said Gulje.
If you receive an email with a link advertising a sale, don’t click on the link.
“Go to the vendor’s website itself. Amazon.com, Target.com, etcetera. Then do a search for the item in question,” said Gulje.
Here is an online shopping tip you can use everyday: don’t buy anything while you’re using unsecured public wifi. Always use your smartphone’s internet connection if you’re away from a computer and need to shop.