What you need to know before making Cyber Monday purchases

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 3, 2019

But the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is warning consumers that there are many scams out there, and it's important that people do their homework, according to communications director Melanie McGovern.

After "Black Friday" and "Small Business Saturday", comes Cyber Monday - which is today, and has become one of the top shopping days of the year.

In 2018, American consumers spent a record-breaking 7.9 billion dollars online on Cyber Monday alone.

Many third party sellers are advertising huge discounts, but make sure they're legitimate.

"You want to look up that website, you want to make sure it's secure".

Be critical, and look for spelling errors on their websites and avoid clicking links or downloading files.

Also, keep your anti-virus software up-to-date to protect against any viruses that might try to infect your computer.

Price check before you buy: Dozens of online retailers will claim they have the best price on an item, but their offers can be misleading.

For online shopping, always use a credit card, instead of a prepaid debit card or wire transfer, because you can track questionable charges and dispute them later.

Overall, experts say if you find a company that's selling the hottest item of the year at a price that seems too good to be true - it probably is.

Take advantage of rewards and loyalty programs: Check your credit card rewards program for special point offers that could add up on Cyber Monday. "Then when you actually get in the websites themselves, you should go to, for the most part, trusted sites that you've used before".

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