23 Dec 2011

Online thieves look to feast on last-minute online shoppers

Those looking for a good deal online for the holidays or post-holidays should be aware and keep an internet security program up and running. AARP Idaho said identity and online scammers will be out in full force to try and trick people into giving them important information during the big online shopping periods.

"With more people turning to online shopping this year, AARP Idaho is warning consumers to be careful as they wrap up holiday shopping and is releasing a list of simple tips today to help protect Idaho shoppers from becoming the next victim of ID theft or online scam," AARP said in a release.

To help protect, the AARP gave advice on how to shop safely online. The group said to be aware of what websites are being clicked, the address of ordering pages should always begin with "https://" and to know who is being dealt with before the final purchase is made. AARP also said to reject requests for transfer payments and research prices to make sure they aren't too good to be true.

Yahoo said popular online scams for the holidays include emails shopping schemes that entice readers with great prices, gift card scams and unsecure websites that could leave credit card information up for grabs. Shoppers should have an antivirus program loaded up and be aware of their online surroundings.