How to avoid a Cyber Monday scam - CBS46 News

How to avoid a Cyber Monday scam

Posted: Updated:

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and many of you decided to avoid large crowds at the store this year and shop online instead. Cyber Monday is the busiest online shopping day of the year. There are deals everywhere.

"You should never trust them," Internet security expert Jason Ding said.

Ding warns consumers not to click on links promising a discount. Instead, he says you should always go straight to a retailer's website to make a purchase.

"Make sure the website you're going to is the website you intended to go to," Ding said.

You can do that by making sure the web address begins with 'HTTPS.' The 'S' stands for secure and there should always be a lock icon next to the URL. If you make a purchase from a website without this, Ding said, "Somebody could steal your information."

Ding also said you should pay with a credit card instead of debit in case you have to dispute a charge.

Finally, if a website asks you to create an account with a password, never use the same password you use for other accounts. Otherwise hackers can steal your money, bank account information or credit card.

Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.