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BBB warns of shopping online this Cyber Monday

Now that Black Friday is over and done with, many shoppers are gearing up for Cyber Monday. (Photo source: WLOX) Now that Black Friday is over and done with, many shoppers are gearing up for Cyber Monday. (Photo source: WLOX)
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Now that Black Friday is over and done with, many shoppers are gearing up for the second round of sales. This time online.

According to the Better Business Bureau, last year over $2 billion was spent on Cyber Monday. Though buying online comes with the convenience of shopping from your own home, the BBB wants consumers to know that convenience comes with a price tag.

"I shop online all the time. I would prefer to shop online then I would in store just because of the convenience," said shopper Brittany Manis.

If you're like millions of other online shoppers make sure you're using a website with HTTPS. The "S" stands for secure, and do your research on that site by checking out its reviews.

If not the BBB said you could open yourself up to identity theft. You could also wind up using a site that mimics a famous retailer’s website.

"Going to websites that aren't really the store you're thinking you're shopping at or you could possibly be buying counterfeit items. Like we had last year. We had a lot last year in the state of Mississippi who ordered these items never to receive the items. So not only were they out the money, they also had a disappointed loved one who didn't receive the gift they were looking for," said CEO John O'Hara with the BBB in Mississippi.

Make sure you are using a secure Wi-Fi connection. When using a secure Wi-Fi it should ask you for a password. If you are using open Wi-Fi, hackers can steal your credit card information while you shop.

If you're shopping with an unfamiliar online retailer, make sure you're on their legitimate site by going to BBB.org.

"Actually we shopped online one time for Christmas, and we didn't get it until the day after. And then we did it again and stuff was broke," said shopper Brenda Ridenhower.

Lastly, read the fine print. Just like shopping in stores, you should know the websites return policy and use anti-virus software.

Another way to protect your credit card account is by continually looking at your statement. Look for very small charges.

People who steal your credit card information will do small charges to see if it goes through.

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