The Better Business Bureau says consumers can take some basic steps to help reduce their chances of becoming a victim of a scammer or hacker. Cyber Monday has become a major shopping day in the United States, and the BBB recommends that shoppers use strong, unique passwords that include numbers, letters, and symbols.
Consumer specialists say Cyber Monday can be a very effective way to shop, but its important to remember that some scam artists target internet users through a variety of methods. The Better Business Bureau says you should shop on trustworthy websites that carry the BBB seal and other widely-used "trustmarks" on retail websites. Consumers are also advised to keep documentation of their orders, and to check their credit card statements frequently for suspicious activity.