Seven ways to protect yourself against online scams

Posted at 4:38 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 20:18:58-05

Black Friday is over, but you can still get a lot of shopping done right now without even leaving your house. 

This Cyber Monday, 75 million people are projected to do their Christmas shopping online. But that means more of an opportunity to get scammed. Here are a few tips so you don't become a victim to crooks.

  1. Don't click any suspicious emails or links. 
  2. Make sure the website is real by looking for the "https" in the beginning of the link.
  3. Use verified social media accounts, which are indicated by a blue check mark.
  4. If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. You can go straight to the retailer's website to check.
  5. Kids are especially vulnerable. Parents may want to think about getting parental control softwares.
  6. Retailers will never ask for personal information such as your social security number; so never give that out.

  7. Shoppers can turn on a two-factor authentication for your email and online accounts to add an extra layer of protection.