Here are a few tips to help make the most of Cyber Monday today:
- Shop reputable websites. First, ask yourself if you’ve done business with the website before? What are other users saying about the website? Be cautious with deals that just show up on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. How many Facebook/Twitter followers does the account have and when was the social media account registered? Prior to entering your credit card and payment information, make sure you are on a secure website (https://). Check the status browser in your browser to make sure the padlock icon is locked, which ensures your connection to the website is encrypted. DO NOT submit your credit card information or bank information over public Wi-Fi! Avoid paying via electronic check and a use a major credit card.
- Be alert for counterfeit product. Can you spot counterfeit merchandise? Does it sound too good to be true? Then it probably is and you should avoid these products. A $50 iPad, or other reputable brand name products that are being sold very cheap should be a red flag. DHS’ ICE (Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement) shared this short video via Twitter about counterfeit merchandise this past week. Department of Homeland Security also shared this news release.