Cyber Monday: How to stay secure and find the best deals

3:00 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The holiday shopping season is off to a record breaking start.

According to the National Retail Federation, 247 million people hit the stores and the web over Thanksgiving weekend. That's up 9.2 percent from last year.

In the holiday crowd at Mall of America is Linda Beyers. She did some birthday and Christmas shopping this weekend with her granddaughters but her list keeps growing.

"We're expecting a new granddaughter any day now so it will be four granddaughters and one grandson," Beyers said.

Lisa Kisch also has a long wish list. Kisch said as of Sunday she had three-quarters of her shopping done but was waiting on big ticket items.

"Mostly electronic deals, Best Buy TV's, in home theater," she said.

Both hope to finish their shopping on Cyber Monday. Nearly 130 million people will log on for discounts too, according to the National Retail Federation.

But before you click on that deal Barb Grieman, vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, warns shoppers should be careful.

"The best thing you can do right now is make sure your computer is protected. Make sure that you have all the most recent updates for anti-spam filters and anti-virus software,"

Grieman also cautions shoppers to watch out for phishing scams. If you get an email you're unsure about don't click it. And when it comes to those popular gift cards, don't buy online.

"It's very dangerous to purchase them online because you don't know if the gift card is really there and you don't know how much money is really on the gift card so try to stick to department store," Grieman said.

There are several apps and websites available to help you find the best Cyber Monday deals including:

InvisibleHand 
PriceGrabber 
ShopSavvy 

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