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Stay Safe on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday has become one of the nation’s biggest shopping days, which makes it ripe grounds for hackers and scammers. If you do plan on cyber shopping on Cyber Monday, here are a few tips to help you avoid cyber frauds and attacks.

  1. Only make purchases from reputable sellers you are familiar with. If a site does not provide contact information or allows wire transfers or cash purchases, avoid that site.
  2. Do not open unsolicited or suspicious email. Hackers have become very good at creating email campaigns that look like the “real thing” so it’s not always easy to identify a scam. For that reason, do not click on any links provided in emails. Instead, sign in directly to a retail site (rather than using a link provided in the email). Also, do not open “retailer” emails with attachments or photos — these could be viruses.
  3. If you receive emails that appear to be from your bank or credit card companies, contact those companies using the contact information provided on your statements — not the information provided in the email.
  4. If an email is encouraging you to “act quickly” or is offering a deal that looks too good to be true — beware. Hackers use tactics such as these to get you to act on a whim.

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