Protect your wallet and identity while shopping online

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Experts are reminding Cyber Monday shoppers to be careful while sharing personal information and bank account details online.

The National Retail Federation was expecting more than 121 million people to take advantage of Cyber Monday deals today.

Unfortunately, savvy shoppers aren’t the only people online. Criminals will try to use any opportunity to steal your identity and money.

Beware of fake websites, for example, that promise awesome deals and seem legitimate but are not.

“Those sites are going to come up during this time of year when people are trying to get that sale, trying to get that deal,” explained Officer E.Y. Watkins, with the Greensboro Police Department.

“Make sure you're using your major credit card instead of your debit card because credit card companies are going to offer you little bit more protection.”

It may be a good idea to invest in identity theft monitoring and protection if you plan to do a lot of online shopping Cyber Monday or anytime of year.

For more information and advice about protecting yourself while shopping online, visit NCDOJ.gov.

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