Cyber Monday is a great time to grab sweet deals on gifts and items, but it can also be a prime opportunity for thieves who are looking to snag your personal information.
“When you’re shopping online, you’re always vulnerable. You want to make sure you’re taking care of some best practices because there are thieves out there,” said Seth Passfield, E-branch Manager Terre Haute Savings Bank.
With a click of a mouse someone can obtain your personal information, including credit card and social security number, but there are ways to make sure you don’t become the next victim of a scammer.
“”The biggest thing you need to worry about is watching out that you’re buying from a reputable retailer. Don’t click on a link in an e-mail that says “This product is on sale today”. Maybe go to the retailers website directly,” says Passfield.
If you’re having trouble telling the difference between a fake site and the real one a few symbols on the webpage could keep your information safe.
“You’re going to see an https and sometimes you’ll even see a padlock, that indicates the website is secure. If you don’t see that maybe it’s not secure and you could be on a fake site,” Passfield.
Once items are paid for shoppers aren’t out of the clear just yet, as thieves are also stopping by homes to get their hands on Cyber Monday packages.
“The people when they’re trying to steal the packages, all they’re doing is driving by and seeing a package on the porch and they’re going up and grabbing it and then they’re gone,” said Master Trooper Matt Ames, Indiana State Police.
To make sure your gifts and items make it to their proper destination, it’s up to online shoppers to make the right decisions.
“Ask for a signature for the package that’s being delivered and then that way if you’re not at home or someone else is not at the residence, that delivery package will then go back to FedEx, UPS, and then at that time you’ll have to go back to the store and sign for the package itself,” says Master Trooper Ames.
If you do believe that one of your packages has been stolen it advised that you contact your local police department.