Cyber Monday: Beware of cyber scammersPosted: Updated:
Cyber Monday means hot deals, big savings and a chance of getting scammed online.
Consumer Reports digital security editor Bree Fowler says even veteran cybershoppers fall for scams like fake store websites, phony phishing emails and social media ads just too good to be true.
"What's changed is the pictures have gotten a lot more sophisticated and a lot more realistic and they're a lot easier to fall for, even if you know what to look for," says Fowler.
According to a new study, 1 in every 10 Americans falls for fraud every year.
For this reason, experts say never click on a pop-up ad or open a link or attachment in an email that seems suspicious.
If you spot an ad on Facebook or another social media site, even if it appears to be from a legit account, do your homework before you click.
"Google does a great job at screening out scamming websites so if you Google a sale, usually you'll be fine," says Fowler.
Experts say always update your phone and computers' operating system. It's the best way to stop scammers from exacting information. Shoppers should also be wary of coupons they find online and any alleged gift cards that don't come from a recognizable email.