Shoppers beware of "Cyber Monday"

By Nicole DiDonato - bio | email
Posted by Jill Lyman - email

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Monday is "Cyber Monday." It's the start of the online shopping season, but as convenient as it may be, the Better Business Bureau is warning online shoppers to look out for those "too good to be true" offers.

If waking up early, long lines, and crowded parking lots were too much last Friday, online shopping may sound more appealing.

Cyber Monday kicks off the online holiday shopping season and is a popular choice to "click" off everyone on that "nice" list.

Sites, like, allow shoppers to browse dozens of sites . So what separates a legitimate site from one that's too good to be true?

"Reputable companies usually have price points that they will offer and cannot go much below the price," said Cathy Eichele of the BBB.

Eichele says the Better Business Bureau gets a lot of calls reporting deal scams. Problem is, shoppers often can't remember what site it happened at.

"Be sure you write down the website you visited and try to get a physical address if at all possible," said Eichele.

When it comes time to buy your item, look for the "s" in the http. Then at the bottom of the screen, make sure it has that secure symbol.

Eichele suggests paying with a credit card, not debit. That way, purchases are easier to dispute .

Eichele also urges online shoppers to use different passwords for each shopping website, so possible hackers can't guess their way into online accounts.

There are actually fewer shopping days this year compared to last year between Black Friday and Christmas. As of Monday, there's only 23 days left.