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Monday Tech Experts Warn Against Cyber Scams Edit Title
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The long weekend of shopping extends into Cyber Monday. There will be some great deals but also plenty of scams.
It's a great combination. Shopping from the comfort of your own home and saving money. It's no surprise that Cyber Monday is the single largest online shopping day of the year. But along with the deals will come scammers looking to take advantage.
"If it's too good to be true it probably is too good to be true." Tech expert Will Bunch says he sees people falling for these online scams every year. And these fake websites are becoming easier and easier to build. "The software is easier to get than ever, you can spend $85 customizing a website for an hour and a half and make it look at legitimate as humanly possible."
The good news is there are ways to spot the fake sites quickly. First, make sure the site you are buying from has HTTPS in the URL, not just HTTP.
"HTTP is the programming language of the internet, it stands for hypertext transfer protocol. The 'S' at the end means hypertext transfer protocol that is secure."
Other easy tips: using a credit card is easier to get your money back than debit and never enter unnecessary personal information like your social security number.
"There's a lot of great deals out there, there are some amazing deals tomorrow. Always check twice before hitting the checkout button, and make sure you know where your info is going before it gets there."
Cyber Monday 2015 saw over $3 billion in total sales.
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