Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays

December 9, 2021

Ready to check out? As the holiday shopping season is in full swing, make sure you aren’t adding any cybersecurity threats to your shopping cart.  Every year, thousands of people become victims of holiday scams. Scammers can rob you of hard-earned money, personal information, and, at the very least, a festive mood.

Tips to Avoid Holiday Scams

There are a number of ways you can protect yourself—and your wallet. Learn how you can navigate the holiday shopping season securely.

  1. Be cautious of your inbox. Know the average price of an item and if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Now is the time to say vigilant and be sure to only open attachments and links that you were expecting to receive from known senders or visit a retailer’s website directly.
  2. Consider using a digital wallet or app rather than a credit or debit card. This helps you further secure your transactions, as a digital wallet obscures your payment and card information from the merchant.
  3. Check your bank and credit card statements regularly, especially this time of year, and be on the lookout for any potential fraudulent charges.

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