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Staying safe and shopping smart this Cyber Monday

If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of all the Black Friday deals, don’t worry! We are less than 24 hours away from Cyber Monday.

According to an Adobe Analytics report, this Cyber Monday is expected to be the largest online shopping day in history. Sales are expected to reach $6.6 billion.

Amazon will be offering more than thirty “Deals of the Day” and “Lightning Deals”, which are sales that only last for a limited time.

Big ticket items include a 49-inch 4K UHD smart TV for $329.99. The Amazon Echo Show will go for $179.99 and some video games will be 60% off.

Even major retailers like Walmart and Target will have online deals.

Walmart’s deals start at midnight. One big deal is an electric scooter hoverboard is on sale for $144.95. Target will have 15% off sitewide and offer more promotions all this week, including 40% off of bath and bedding products.

As you hunt for the best deals online, experts warn that it’s also a prime time for scammers.

Here are some tips to keep your identity safe while online shopping:

  • Be careful if you’re using a cell phone. Scammers often create fake website with URL’s that look similar to legitimate retailer websites. The internet on your smartphone has a shorter address field, so you may not see the full URL on your phone.
  • Watch out for fake apps. Some have malware that can steal your personal information. There are some that event prompt users to log-in using their Facebook or G-mail accounts.
  • Keep a close eye on deals that come through your email inbox. Phishing emails usually look similar to those sent by popular retailers and can lure you to enter your personal information, like your credit card.
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