On Friday, shoppers hit the malls. On Monday, they'll hit their keyboards.
If past patterns follow, "Cyber Monday" will be one of the biggest online shopping days of the year — and a prime time for identity theft and other scams.
A host of consumer and financial organizations are alerting consumers to be on guard, whether using their home or work computers. (A CareerBuilder.com survey found one-third of workers saying they plan to shop online while at work.)
Cyber crooks "follow seasonal trends and create holiday-related Web sites, scams and other convincing e-mails that can trick even the most cautious users," warned Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Labs, a security company.
Users who are unaware of fake phishing, Trojan infections, phony gift cards or tweet traps may need a crash course in the many ways online purchasing can go awry.
Here’s a roundup of advice from McAfee, Capital One Financial Corp. and Intersections Inc., a risk management service.
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