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Staying Safe While Shopping Online


GRAYSON COUNTY, TX--- The biggest online shopping day of the year is here. Today, many websites are offering big "Cyber Monday" savings. But, others are offering big scams.

Shoppers are using their cell phones and computers for holiday shopping now more then ever. With the growing number of website sales, it is so important that they use caution when shopping online.

So far today, United States and European authorities have seized 132 "Cyber Monday" sites scamming shoppers. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized 130 of these sites and European police officers and Europol seized 31.

The Sherman Police Department has some advice for shopping smart and avoiding scams.

1. When paying, use a credit card because it is easier to get your money back if a scam does occur.

2. Use caution when ordering from your phone because phones do not come with anti-virus protection.

3. Don't give out personal information, such as your social security or routing number, when purchasing items online.

4. Stick with legitimate retailers. Shop at the store's you are familiar with. Don't shop on websites that are poorly designed or that have several pop-up windows.

5. Beware of suspicious emails that have hyperlinks leading to store websites. Often times, scammers send emails or e-cards that ask the recipient to click a link and then enter in personal information.

Landmark Bank in Denison says one of the most important rules to remember is that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.