Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
November 26, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Attorney General Bondi Offers Secure Shopping Tips for Cyber Monday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking online shoppers to take steps to protect financial information this Cyber Monday. More than 80 million Americans are expected to buy something online today, as holiday shopping kicks into high gear.

“All day today holiday shoppers will be cashing in on Cyber Monday deals, but those deals won’t mean much to a consumer who has their identity or financial information stolen in the process,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I urge shoppers to take a few simple steps to protect their information this Cyber Monday, to help ensure a happy holiday season.”

To help ensure safe shopping online, consumers should:

Verify that the web browser is secure before submitting payment information. To identify a secure browser, look for a padlock symbol in the address bar;
Use a credit card instead of a debit card to take advantage of added consumer protection;
Do not use the same password across multiple websites and ensure passwords are strong by using upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters;
Keep a record of purchases and print or save a screenshot of a completed order form and any transaction confirmation provided by the retailer;
Exercise caution when purchasing gift cards online. Scam artists may attempt to use gift card resale websites to sell counterfeit gift cards; and
Check financial accounts regularly to ensure there are no duplicate or fraudulent charges appearing on accounts.

Many of these tips and more can be found in Attorney General Bondi’s 2018 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide. To view the guide, click here.