MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Cyber ââMonday is coming soon and cybercriminals are also looking to recover your personal information. WREG spoke with security expert Bennie Cobb to find out how to best protect yourself online.
âThe first level of protection starts with us. It starts with being careful, âCobb said. He knows that if you’re not careful, you could quickly find yourself in a criminal’s sights.
Make sure the website you are visiting is secure. The address of any site you visit must begin with “https”. The “s” stands for secure.
The Better Business Bureau is also warning consumers of several scams this season.
âIt’s a large-scale operation. You were going to these copycat sites that you think might be the real site, âBennie Cobb told us. “You will give them your credit card information which will make it a site that is not real.” “
However, the financial impact could be far too real.
According to the 2020 FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center report, non-payment or non-delivery scams cost buyers more than $ 265 million last year, with credit card fraud accounting for $ 129 million. dollars in additional losses.
At the end of the day, you have to protect your lowest dollar. A few tips for the holidays: Do your research and check out product reviews and site reviews.
And remember the old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
âWe have to do things differently,â Cobb said. “People are absolutely trying to take our money away from us.”
It’s more important than ever to stay vigilant and prevent potential fraudsters from stealing your finances and your zest for life.
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