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Experts say beware of scams on Cyber Monday

COLUMBIA, Mo., (KMIZ)

Cyber Monday is known for its deals but it also creates opportunities for scammers.

The National Retail Federation says that Americans will spend between $10 and $11 billion dollars this Cyber Monday.

The Better Business Bureau says shoppers should be cautious to avoid potential misleading websites, advertisements and untrustworthy sellers.

If a deal seems to good to be true, it most likely is.

The BBB says to be wary of businesses you are not familiar with. You can check a business's BBB profile on BBB.org and look at the rating and customer reviews.

Beware of fake websites. Scammers will create websites that can look identical to your favorite retailer.

Also, be sure to make purchases from a secure website.

To protect yourself from non-secure websites make sure your antivirus software is up to date on your computer and mobile device. This will help avoid pop-up phishing scams and help keep your personal information safe. A secure website will begin with H-T-T-P-S not just H-T-T-P.

The BBB recommends using a credit card and not a debit card while shopping online. If any unwanted charges show up you can contest them through your credit card company. Debit cards do not offer the same protection.

Make sure you understand the return and exchange policies. Some items might not be eligible for returns or exchanges so be sure to read the fine print.

The BBB warns shoppers to be aware of unsolicited emails, texts, calls or even letters. Those messages may claim you have a free gift or there is a problem with your delivery.

For more information for online shopping safety tips and how to avoid scams visit, BBB.org/AvoidScams.

Erika McGuire

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