SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Experts are warning consumers to be on the lookout for online schemes as the biggest shopping weekend of the year continues with Cyber Monday.
They say this online shopping holiday brings big risks for fraud, and if you’re not careful, your personal information could be compromised.
Nearly 78 million Americans are expected to shop online this Cyber Monday, and experts say that you should shop on your computer and avoid buying items from a mobile browser.
Schemers can create fake apps and websites that look real, and shopping on them can get you locked out of your phone and result in money being extorted.
Many shoppers can’t wait for Cyber Monday, because you can shop for great deals from the comfort of your phone.
Maggie Palpini of Holyoke hit the stores on Black Friday for sales, because she doesn’t feel comfortable shopping online. She told 22News, “I’m very cautious with the way we use our cards online. I actually don’t use them that much online. I just think that people should be careful, because it’s so easy for people to get your information.”
56% of people plan to make at least one online purchase during Cyber Monday.