With the holiday shopping season upon us, the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is warning shoppers about cyber internet scams. DoIT CIO Jennifer Ricker says that while the holidays are a busy time for shoppers, it is just as busy for cyber criminals trying to trick buyers into scams in an attempt to steal personal information.
The National Cyber Security Alliance recommends the following practices as you conduct your online shopping. Think before you click by not clicking on enticing offer links and popups. Instead, go directly to the company’s website to ensure that the offer is legitimate. Do your homework by reading reviews about a product or merchant and ensure that the business is real as cyber thieves are fond of setting up fake e-commerce sites. Consider your payment options and refrain from saving payment information in your profile. It is recommended that you use a credit card over a debit card as there are more protections for credit cards should something go wrong. Keep tabs on your bank and credit card statements to check for any unauthorized activity.
Learn more about ways to protect yourself from cyber scams by visiting the Department of Innovation & Technology website.