Shopping safely online for Cyber Monday: tips for protecting your wallet

6 News Cyber Safety

LANSING, Mich (WLNS)–Cyber Monday is known to be the biggest online shopping day of the year but also the same day that many people tend to get scammed from fake shopping websites.

While we are still in the COVID-19 pandemic, Adobe analytics predicts Americans will spend around $11.3 billion in sales and the National Retail Federation expected more than 60 million to shop Cyber Monday.

To help keep Michiganders safe while shopping during the holiday season, Attorney General Dana Nessel
began a campaign called “16 days of scams” where you can educate yourself on how to protect your wallet.

Some of the tips from the campaign include the following:

  • Trust Where You Shop. Shopping IRL (in real life) offers this advantage.  You will know the business and their existing inventory.  But on the web, some businesses are fabricated by people who just want your credit card information or other personal details. 
  • Avoid online retailers if you cannot verify their listed physical locations and customer service phone numbers. Anyone can set up an online shop, list a physical location and phone number; that does not guarantee the business is legitimate. Research unfamiliar companies before you place an order. 

In recent years, online sales for this single-day event have risen into the billions with consumers spending an average of $128.

In fact, last year’s Cyber Monday produced the largest online shopping day in history with consumers spending $10.7 billion.

As more people continue to work from home, home accessories remain a top priority for shoppers such as laptops and home improvement products.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Michigan Headlines

More Michigan

MSP Cyber Safety Resources

StormTracker 6 Radar