The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management released 10 online shopping safety tips for the holiday season and beyond.
The following is a Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management release sent to Patch by the Hinsdale Police Department: Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) and online shopping throughout the entire holiday season have become increasingly popular in recent years, and the trend is expected to continue this season. According to MarketLive, an e-commerce software and solutions provider, online shoppers in the U.S. are projected to spend more than $54 billion this holiday season, nearly a 17 percent increase over the $47 billion spent last year. The increase in online shopping coincides with an increase in mobile device use, and more shoppers will be using special holiday smartphone apps to find the best deals…
The Better Business Bureau offers tips on how to avoid giving online hackers and scammers a shopping bonanza this holiday shopping season.
Monday, November 28, 2011
If you didn’t get gifts for everybody on your list on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, don’t despair, there’s always Cyber Monday. In fact, according to shopping experts, it has now become the most popular day to shop for the holidays—and why not? You get to avoid all the crowds. However, shopping online opens you up to scammers and hackers just waiting to take advantage of the latest trend. “The convenience and ease of shopping online has replaced the hassle of going to the store for many people—but online shopping has its own set of risks,” said Fred T. Elsberry Jr., president and CEO of the BBB serving metro Atlanta, Athens and northeast Georgia. “Taking steps to avoid the fraud online will result in a much happier holiday for …