Online shopping tips ahead of Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday safety

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Mainers were out and about on Sunday working on their in-store holiday shopping. 

"We are heading back from a trip from Freeport where we did a lot of holiday shopping," said Rebecca Collins. 

Collins and her family stopped at Target in Bangor before they made their way back to their home in Presque Isle. 

"There is not a lot of stores around so it is nice to have everything delivered to your door as opposed to having to drive five hours like we did this weekend," said Collins. 

With Cyber Monday many families like the Collins' will be taking advantage of online deals from large retailers like Target, Walmart, and Amazon. Last year consumers spent $3.45 billion on Cyber Monday. The largest online sales day in the history of U.S. e-commerce according to Adobe Digital Insights. 

But buyers be aware, with the added internet traffic there is a risk of hackers and scams stealing consumers personal information. 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said that being on the lookout for fake websites and using a credit card instead of a debit card will help buyers make secure purchases.

 "Be careful of fake store websites. You know scam store websites," said Attorney General Mills. "The credit card will help you if you are not happy with a product. And you need to return it for some reason the credit cards will give you added protections. Where as a debit card, if you use a debit card to buy something online, that money is coming right out of your account. And you are not protected by that third party."

 

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