EUGENE, Ore. — Whether you’re shopping local or a store across the country, if you’re spending money online Monday, you need to be extra careful.
Experts say Cyber Monday is like a free-for-all for scam artists.
Deals are outrageous, which means people are even more willing to spend money and more likely to get caught off guard by cyber scams.
The golden rule–if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. But we all know there are some unbelievable deals online, so stick to reputable sites, ones you’re familiar with. Anything that looks suspicious probably is.
“We all have. I heard someone call it your spidey sense. If your spidey sense goes off and anything feels wrong, pick up the phone, call the 1-800 number and ask a couple questions,” said Marci Hansen, Sheer ID VP of Marketing.
Also don’t click fishy links or open strange emails.
Social media sites are also littered with bogus bargains and coupons.
If you see something you like, but it doesn’t look legit, avoid the link and go directly to the store’s website.
Also, try not to use a debit card, if a scammer gets ahold of that, they have access to your checking accounts, not just your credit card.
People will shop and some will fall victim to scams Monday, so pay attention and make sure you’re not one of them.