Shop safely on Cyber Monday

Jacksonville, FL — Cyber Monday, the Monday following Black Friday, has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The Better Business Bureau has some advice to make sure cybercriminals don’t get away with your cash. Here’s what you need to know:

Beware of phony websites. Scammers often create lookalike websites that look like trusted websites. Look for the correct spelling of the business’s name, and make sure a legitimate customer service number is listed.

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Shop on secure sites only. Don’t shop on a website you’re not familiar with.

Make sure your antivirus software is up to date. This will help you avoid phishing scams and keep your personal information safe.

Use your credit card. It will make it easier for you to contest any shady charges.

Understand return policies. Stores may not allow returns for final sale or closeout items.

Remember, online sales are expected to last longer than just Cyber Monday. Many sales started as early as Halloween and may continue throughout the holiday season. And if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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The BBB has a lot of advice on how to avoid online scams. Learn more by clicking here.