Target 2 Consumer Alert: How to spot bogus deals and shopping scams

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are the busiest shopping days of the year. They're considered a holiday for scammers who are looking to steal your information through bogus deals, fake websites and scams.

Michelle Reinen of Wisconsin Consumer Protection joined Action 2 News This Morning to help shoppers avoid those fake websites.

Her main advice: Watch what you Google. Searching for a hot product through Google or Bing could land you on a fake website.

"They're mimicking the big retailers and so consumers might find that great bargain on that fake website and hand over information and never receive that product," Reinen says.

So how do you avoid scam or fake websites?

"Go see the product or the retailer or business you want to do business with by typing that information int the URL rather than clicking on those links in those pop ups, because you could be loading Malware or Key Loggers into your system if they are fake," Reinen says.


Update your operating system and security software on your computer or smartphone.

Don't shop on public Wi-Fi

Be alert to suspicious offers

Only buy from secure websites--look for a padlock symbol and "https://" in the address bar