SANTA MARIA, Calif.- For those who prefer to shop on Cyber Monday rather than face the Black Friday crowds, be warned it's not entirely safe either.
The words Cyber Monday are music to shoppers' ears.
"You're not interrupted, you don't have to get dress, you don't even have to brush your teeth if you don't want to, it's great," says shopper, Kellie Clark.
Shoppers are expected to spend more than $1 billion this Cyber Monday, according to Comscore. Whether you use your smart phone, tablet, or computer to make your purchases, how can you really know whose on the other side of your screen?
"You have to be very careful with scams because they make the website look exactly like the sites that you think you're going to," says computer expert, Kevin Barker.
Kevin Barker works on computers and says this time of year he sees a growing threat of cyber crimes
"Look at the page really well look for misspelling because a lot of these will be offshore and if you read the English it may not look quite right," says Barker.
If you're on a website and it looks suspicious you may want to look at the URL. Look for HTTPS, that extra 'S after http means it's a secured site, so any personal information you enter will be scrambled so no one will be able to get ahold of it.
Some shoppers say time is money and shopping online is more convenient.
"It's easier especially when you're shopping for young ones and don't want them to see stuff," says shopper, Amanda Miller.
"That's what the Internet is for, I don't want to deal with crazy people," explains Clark.
Employees say Cyber Monday is a boost in business.
"It's a good way to bring Black Friday to their home and still be able to benefit with delivering what they want for the holidays, but also add to our sales," says Elisha Rosetta, Target Store Manager.
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