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Avoiding Cyber Monday and Online Holiday Shopping Scams

‘Tis the season for potentially being scammed. Even as you sit at home shopping online and trying to get all those Cyber Monday deals. You may think on secure sites, but there is a chance you are not and a scammer is lurking on the other end.

The tempt you with deals that are so exciting you to overlook the tiniest details that could save you money and heartache.

You think you’re on but you are really on or and you don’t even realize it. The same holds true with other merchants where you think you are getting a deal.

Often, scammers luring you in through pop-ups that take you to a scam site promising deep discounts and enticing products.

Experts say the the “padlock symbol on the website isn’t the best way to stay safe” because scammers can duplicate it. But there are some tips that can keep you safe:

  • Check the URL spelling
  • Take the name of the website and search with words “complaint” or “scam”
  • Use a credit cards instead of debit cards
  • Use private encrypted WiFi
  • Don’t create accounts with all your information
  • Always check out as a guest so you keep your info safe
  • Always save your confirmation numbers

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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