Every year an increasing number of people do their shopping on the Web to avoid long lines at the mall. However, for consumers who are not savvy about online safety, this convenience can come at a huge price.

To avoid having your shopping experience ruined by a cyber crook, take a few important steps.

* A note about donation scams. In recent years, cyber criminals have seized the opportunity to take advantage of Good Samaritans during times of crisis—such as when a natural disaster occurs—by setting up false charities to solicit donations. Microsoft’s article Phishing Scams that Target Activities, Interests, or News Events can help you avoid becoming a victim of such a scam.


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