PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - According to reports, online shoppers have already spent over 2.1 billion dollars since Thanksgiving Day.
Online shopping has increased 20% since last year. However, online shopping can be dangerous.
Authorities say, there are scammers out there who hack and get into your personal accounts not only today but through the rest of the shopping season.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says, they get scams reported on a regular basis.
"We try to track the charges as far as what we can from a local law enforcement standpoint, said Troy Hawkins," Washington County Deputy Sheriff. Sometimes that’s difficult because a lot of these scams are located outside of the country."
But, there are many ways to prevent these scams from happening to you. Deputy Hawkins suggests:
* When you receive emails, try to stay off links and go directly to the company's official website.
* Do not shop on public or unsecured wifi because it can be monitored by scammers.
* Keep your antivirus software up to date on your computers
*Use different usernames and passwords every time you create a new account
*Compare receipts to credit card statements
*Report any suspicious charges immediately to your bank