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Scammers lurking online for people shopping for dealsSubmitted: 11/29/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Shoppers planning to hit the Internet looking for deals need to watch out for scammers.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says cyber thieves know what the hot gift items are.

They target their scams accordingly.

That can include fake contests on social media sites and dangerous links.

You may also get texts and emails designed to get shoppers to reveal personal information or download malicious software.

Other recommendations to stay safe include making sure a website is legitimate and secure before ordering, installing anti-virus software, and printing records of online transactions.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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