GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - An estimated 78 million Americans are expected to hit online retailers on Monday making this year's Cyber Monday possibly the largest online shopping day in U.S history.
That means it's also a ripe time for cyber criminals to try and catch those online shoppers off-guard. For the first time since it's been tracking trends the National Retail Federation says online shopping is the most popular shopping spot.
Susan Bach with the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau said you have to be careful when you're shopping for deals.
"If there is a hot item and you are searching on line where you can find that item. A scammer may be creating a website where they're offering that item at half the price. Clearly a red flag that it might be a scam,” said Bach.
Here’s a tip: You want to check to be sure your buying on a secure site. Look for the padlock symbol in the browser and also look for addresses with “https" which means it’s secure.
“Make sure you're shopping at a secure site. This is the time of year where we see a lot of scammers impersonating legitimate websites,” said Bach.
Also, it's safest to shop online with a credit card.
"It's always best to use a credit card when shopping online or in general or if the product doesn't show up, you can file a dispute with your credit card company,” said Bach.
You can dispute charges if you report them to the credit card company within 60 days of getting your statement.
Another tip from the BBB is you’re the safest when you're on a secure network. Using public Wi-Fi at your favorite coffee house or restaurant may seem like a fun way to get out of the house and shop but it can put you at risk of someone on the same network lifting your information.