Protect yourself from online scams during holiday shopping season

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The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are bringing out millions of shoppers.

A record-breaking 75 million people are expected to take advantage of online bargains Cyber Monday alone and are expected to spend more than $7.7 billion.

Holiday shopping will keep up for the next several weeks, and online sales are a big part of the whole season.

Unfortunately, you have to keep an eye out for scammers. If you fall for a scam, you could end up handing over sensitive information to criminals.

Knoxville police issued some helpful advice to avoid falling into those traps.

First, shop at websites you trust and have shopped with before. If you do buy from an unfamiliar company, check customer reviews and look for consumer complaints. Also check to make sure the business has a physical address that can be verified.

Never spend money over public WiFi. Hackers can easily steal your information with an unsecure connection.

Check that the website starts with “https://”. That “s” means the website is secure.

You also want to pay with a credit card instead of a debit card if possible. Fraudulent charges are much easier to dispute on a credit card, and federal regulations say you will not have to pay while the card company investigates.

Always beware of extreme low prices and deals that seem too good to be true — because they usually are.

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