BEWARE OF SCAMMERS: Don’t Let Criminals Ruin Your Online Christmas Shopping on Cyber Monday

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has an important Crime Prevention message to keep you and your family safe as the busiest online shopping day of the year, “Cyber Monday.”

Use a credit card for online orders. It is easier to dispute and mediate fraudulent charges with a credit card than a debit card

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has an important Crime Prevention message to keep you and your family safe as the busiest online shopping day of the year, “Cyber Monday.”

■ Avoid websites with odd or incorrect spellings of legitimate companies. Domain names that include hyphens are often red flags.

■ Beware of bogus websites promising unbelievable deals. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

■ Be wary of “delivery failure” or “order confirmation” emails for items you did not order. These may be used to gain a consumer’s personal information.

■ Use a credit card for online orders. It is easier to dispute and mediate fraudulent charges with a credit card than a debit card.

■ Use strong passwords for credit cards and bank accounts.

Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department’s consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832).