Everybody's getting excited about all the sweet deals coming up on the biggest shopping day of the year, but don't get too excited — you might get ripped off. This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued its annual list of holiday shopping tips. With warnings against fraudulent classifieds and auctions, fake gift cards and an uptick in phishing attacks that can compromise your bank account, the FBI might as well call the annual list of holiday shopping scams. Following an explanation and (very) brief history of Cyber Monday — founded in 2005, who knew? — the agency's Internet Crime Complaint Center explains, "Scammers try to prey on Black Friday or Cyber Monday bargain hunters by advertising 'one day only' promotions from recognized brands. Consumers should be on the watch for too good to be true e-mails from unrecognized Web sites."
The feds do go on to list a number of useful and several less-than-useful tips about how to avoid being scammed. If you follow the regular rules of safe internetting — don't open shady email attachments; double-check URLs to make sure you're not giving your log-in info to a shell site; "Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is." — you'll probably be fine.