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Cyber criminals lurking on Cyber Monday

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Updated: 12/02/2013 8:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's the biggest online shopping day of the year. Millions of Americans are cashing in on deep discounts from the comfort of their home.

Retail experts predict $2 billion will be exchanged by the click of a mouse. Millions of shoppers are cashing in on Cyber Monday.

"I don't really have to go anywhere. I can just order things off my iPad or my computer," said Cynthia Bickham.

But they aren't the only ones.

"This is a day when there is a huge amount of online shopping and it's an opportunity for the crooks to really home in on their victims and make as much money as possible out of it," said Tom Stephens with the Better Business Bureau.

He said lurking on the other side of your computer screen are cyber criminals. And they're hoping in your frenzy to find deals, their scams trip you up.

"A lot of people will Google cheap PlayStation 4 or something like that and then they'll end up on some obscure site that probably doesn't have any of the products at all," he said.

Bickham has a few more items she's hunting for online. She knows to avoid deals that seem too good to be true. And she never uses her credit card.

"I usually get one of the prepaid cards from Walmart and use those instead so nobody can track my credit cards," she said.

Stephens said to make sure the site is secure, you'll know by the "https" at the top.

He also said your physical shopping location matters, too.

"If you're sitting in an airport, or in a cafe, a Starbucks or a Panera Bread, something like that where there's free WiFi, that's usually not very secure so somebody could be sitting there with a receiver and picking that information up if they wanted to," he said.

Stephens said charity scams are on the rise this year, too. He said you want to make sure the charity is legit before donating money this holiday season.

The BBB recommends asking a charity to send you last year's annual report to make sure they are legitimate.
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