As the holiday season approaches, please be aware of the risks involved while shopping online.
Pay attention to the following cyber shopping tips from the FBI (www.fbi.gov).
- Beware of unsolicited (spam) emails. Don’t respond, and don’t click on any links within an unsolicited email.
- Compare the link in the email with the URL (website address) to which you are directed and determine if they match and lead you to a legitimate website.
- Log directly onto a retailer’s website for the business identified in the email, instead of following the link or calling a phone number in an unsolicited email. If the email appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer or other company you deal with, your statements and correspondence may provide proper contact information.
- Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask you to provide or confirm personal or financial information.