CHEYENNE, Wyo - Cyber Monday is the busiest day for online shopping during the year, and this year won't be any different. However, during the busiest shopping time of the year both in retail and online, identity theft and credit card fraud goes up.
In order to keep your information safe, there are a few steps that you can take. First, be sure that the website you are on is credible such as Amazon and Ebay, that way you are sure that your identity and credit card information is safe. Second, if you see a great deal and it seems too good to be true, do a quick background check on the website. Even though most deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday are going to be good, some might just be "click bait" and lead to theft and fraud. Finally, when you do purchase your item and have it shipped to your house or place of business, track it from day one. When it finally arrives and you are unable to be there in person, alert your neighbor, relative or friend that can go and pick it up on your porch, because package theft is higher during the holidays.
Other ways to stay safe is never click on a URL that you receive on an email from a vendor or site. Use a credit card instead of your debit card, that way your checking account cannot be directly accessed. Also, be aware of "phantom sites" that have great deals. If you purchase something from them, the site will disappear along with your money and you will not get your item you purchased. Finally, keep your browser up to date, that way you will limit potential glitches with the websites.
If you do unfortunately become a victim of identity theft or credit card, call your local law enforcement agency right away. That way they can file a report and send it off to the FBI and other agencies that need to be involved.