The Alberta RCMP is reminding people to be cautious to protect their identity when making online purchases.
These tips are coming because, in addition to the standard black Friday or holiday shopping that ramps up in November, more people have been shopping online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that noted, people are reminded to protect their personal and financial information when purchasing things online.
Some of these tips include researching sellers before buying from them, including reviews or return policies. Buyers should also use secure passwords, use trusted Wi-Fi or data for making purchases and only purchase from sites using HTTPS rather than HTTP. When someone is done shopping, they should watch their financial statements for any unauthorized purchases. Similar to many other anti-fraud warnings, people are also reminded that if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
Last year, there were over 1,200 reports of fraud greater than $5,000; almost 6,000 reports of fraud less than or equal to $5,000; and over 70 reports of unauthorized use of credit card all across the province, according to the Alberta RCMP.
Over the month, the Alberta RCMP social media accounts will be using #CyberSecurity to remind people to be safe and provide more tips.