State warns shoppers about online scams

UPDATED Friday, November 29, 2013 --- 9:52 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Shoppers planning to hit the Internet on Monday looking for deals are being warned to watch out for scammers.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says cyber thieves know what the hot gift items are and they target their scams accordingly. That can include fake contests on social media sites, dangerous links, and texts and emails designed to get shoppers to reveal personal information or download malicious software.

Other recommendations to stay safe include making sure a website is legitimate and secure before ordering, install anti-virus software and a firewall, pay for credit card protection and print records of online transactions.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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