The Monday after Thanksgiving has become known as the biggest online shopping day of the year with companies offering discounts galore to entice customers But it’s also a day that scammers hope to use to their benefit by trying to lure in customers with offers that sound too good to be true. From fraudulent auction sales to gift cards, phishing, and social network scams and more, cyber schemes are ever-evolving and unfortunately still successful. Here are a few tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud during Cyber Monday: Purchase merchandise only from reputable sellers and be suspicious of websites that do not provide contact information. Also be wary if the seller only accepts wire transfers or cash. Do not respond to or click on links contained with an unsolicited email also known as spam. Be cautious of emails claiming to contain pictures and attached files. These files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders scan the attachments for viruses if possible. Sign in directly to the official website for the business identified in the email and step the link to it from an unsolicited email if the email appears to be from a bank, credit card issuer, or other company you frequently deal with, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify that the email is actually genuine. If you are encouraged to act quickly or there’s an emergency that requires your attention, it may be a scam Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly. Remember if it looks too good to be true it probably is. For more tips about cybersecurity, reach out to the experts at Watkins Insurance Group. We’re here to help.