Cyber Monday means deals, but also possible scams - KLFY News 10

Cyber Monday means deals, but also possible scams

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Cyber Monday has proven to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. But if you're not careful you could fall victim to a scam.

Last year Cyber Monday sales alone exceeded one billion dollars, and those numbers are expected to increase this year. But as those numbers climb so does the threat of being scammed. Cyber criminals are expected to steal over five billion dollars from online shoppers over the entire holiday shopping season. But watch out because online scams happen even after you've purchased your items.

According to the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana Sharane Gott when you get an email with shipping and tracking information the first thing you should do is check where it is coming from to make sure it's a trustworthy source. Gott says it could prove to be a virus, capable of stealing your personal and banking information. 

Updating your computer with the latest virus protection, checking your bank statements often, and keeping proper documentation of all orders will dramatically reduce your threat of being scammed.

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