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Harvey Cedars Police Department
Monday November 27th, 2017 :: 08:31 a.m. EST


Cyber Monday Safety Tips

Cyber Monday is a big day for online retailers. Millions of Americans take advantage of online deals for holiday gifts. If you're one of those millions surfing for a good deal, be sure to keep yourself protected from losing money from scams or fraud.
Here are some tips for buying items online:

  • Paying with a credit card will offer more protections than a debit card
  • Use trusted vendors. Bookmark the most trusted online retail sites to make sure you don't get redirected to fakes.
  • Don't fall for 'too-good-to-be-true' deals
  • Go directly to a store’s website instead of using search engines to look for deals.
  • Watch out for social media scams, especially on Facebook. Cybercriminals are using fake or compromised Facebook accounts in order to post links to amaaaaaazing deals that don’t actually exist.
  • Check statements regularly to make sure the only charges are ones you've made.
  • Keep record of order confirmations and receipts, with a designated folder in your inbox.
  • Don't use public wi-fi, only secure connections.
  • Lock devices with a password so data is protected even when your phone is out of your hands.
  • Don’t fork over extra info. If a site starts asking for out-of-the-ordinary personal data, like Social Security numbers or password security questions, dont do it.

Harvey Cedars Police Department
7606 Long Beach Boulevard
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 609-494-6509

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