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Cyber Monday Safety Tips: When Plum-Oakmont Residents Should Be Wary When Shopping Online

The FBI warns that internet fraud is especially prevalent during the holiday shopping season.

The following information is provided by the FBI:

At this time of year, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reminds consumers to be wary of Internet fraud during the holiday shopping season.

Here are a few of the scams to look out for:

  • New products or gift cards being sold on auction or classified advertisement websites where the price is significantly lower than any sales price in retail outlets;
  • “One day only” websites featuring the sale of specific items in high demand;
  • Phishing and scam e-mails, text messages, or phone calls that look or sound like they’re coming from a well-known retailer and that ask you to verify a credit card number or to update personal account information; and
  • Gift card offers on social media sites claiming to be from major retailers…often, these offers are used to gain access to your social media account and personal information.

The FBI's #1 tip to avoid being a victim of cyber scams: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Click here to read more from the FBI about the newest E-Scams & warnings. 

Click here to see which retailers are offering Cyber Monday specials. 

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