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Tips for safe online shopping


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 WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Experts are calling the Monday after Thanksgiving "cyber-Monday." The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau says it's the most popular day to shop online for the holidays.

 The bureau reports that last year 96.5 million Americans shopped online on Cyber Monday, while 79 million Americans went to retailers on black Friday.

They say more and more Americans are going online to get their holiday shopping done, rather than heading to the stores. We spoke to some shoppers who love it:

"I choose online because of the fact that some of the things you get online is much cheaper than it is in the stores," says Sarah Lukasavage.

 But others, not so much.

"I just prefer not to do that. There's just so much Internet fraud, and people getting a hold of your personal information, and I just choose not to do that," says Joanne Binder.

Whether you shop online yet or not, the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau has some tips for safe online shopping, such as:

  • Shop on trustworthy web sites: Consumers can check with the better business bureau for the seller's reputation and record for customer satisfaction.
  • Beware of deals that might sound too good to be true: Offers on web sites in unsolicited e-mails can often sound too good to be true, especially low prices on hard-to-get items.
  • Confirm your online purchase is secure: Customers should always look in the address box for the "s" in https:// and the "lock" symbol in the lower-right corner before paying. If there are doubts select "Properties" on your browser to reveal the actual web site address.
  • Check your credit card statements often: Don't wait for paper statements. The better business bureau recommends consumers to check statements often for suspicious activity by calling your credit card company or checking online.

Shoppers say the use the web for some of the perks, such as:

"Free shipping is the one that keeps me to buy online," said Adarsh Kancharla.  

 If you're feeling unsure about it, you can always head to the mall.

"I kinda like going to the stores, I will probably look on the Internet just to get information, but I still like to do that shopping," concluded Binder.

Click here to view the list of tips from the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau.

Online Reporter: Patrick Manning


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