Shopping smart for Cyber Monday: how to avoid getting scammed


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Online shopping…many of us do it to avoid the rush and with deals popping up left and right for Cyber Monday sales, shoppers may want to be cautious of any pop-ups that could target them.

Sergeant Andrew Bouck from the East Lansing Police Department says internet scams happen more often than not.

“We get a number of reports throughout the year but probably more specifically after Cyber Monday when someone’s personal information or financial information has been compromised,” said Sergeant Bouck.

Sergeant Bouck says hackers will create pop-up ads to lure online shoppers to fake websites so they can steal personal information.

“A fraudulent website may mimic the look and appearance of the actual website but at the end of the email address or the website address there might be an addition on there like a Dot CC or something besides just the Dot Com,” Bouck stated.

Cyber security expert Cale Sauter from Liquid Web says besides using a secure network, there are ways shoppers can steer clear of a hack…

“Make sure that you’re shopping from a secure computer, don’t fall for ‘too good to be true deals’…if a deal is seeking you out via email or text and asking you to click on the link then it’s probably best to avoid that,” Sauter said.

“If it doesn’t look right…stop, back up and check and make sure you’re where you think you are,” Bouck stated.

He says it all comes down to awareness.

Keeping yourself aware of where you click, will lower your chances of becoming a victim of a cyber scam.

Police also say if you notice anything suspicious or think your personal information has been compromised, contact your local police department immediately.

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