Mobs of crazed deal hunters bombarded stores on Black Friday. The ruckus rush calmed to the sound of computer clicks on Cyber Monday. While many consumers are looking for steals, so are online criminals.
Camouflage and bright orange vests were visible throughout the midstate for opening day of rifle deer season. However, if you weren't hunting deer, chances are, you were hunting deals.
Sahira Musiral stopped by Starbucks in the Susquehanna Shoppes to fuel up before heading home to cyber shop.
"I already went black Friday shopping," said Musiral "But, Cyber Monday, they're good deals so why not?"
Cyber Monday deals enticed shoppers to spend $52 billion in 2011, a record. The National Retail Federation expects a new record will be set this year. According to a report by IBM online shopping over the holiday shot up 21 percent from last year.
Buyers be ware! Today's online criminal is just as savvy as your shopping sense. That's why the Better Business Bureau suggests cyber shoppers follow these tips:
· Visit trusted websites.
· Check site privacy policies
· Use credit card instead of debit cards
· Use secured Internet access at home and on mobile device.
The NRF and BBB suggested two websites to search for deal buster information; cybermonday.com and cybermonday2012.com. Each give hour-to-hour deal updates from trusted retailers.
Next, once you secure your victory, secure your shipment. Experts recommend shoppers' get a shipment tracking number and pay attention to its progress. Also, many experts suggest you give the delivery company specific instructions on drop-off.
In Dallas, a homeowner's surveillance video captured a UPS delivery worker drop off a package on the front doorstep - he never rang the doorbell. Moments later, the video captured a woman walk up and steal the package.
Around here, some would rather avoid the risk. Amy Daihl spent her Cyber Monday shopping outdoors at the Susquehanna Shoppes with the attitude in-person is better.
"I've got some good deals so far," said Daihl. "I have received large percentages off…no lines!"
A reminder, Pennsylvania's Online Tax law took effect in September. Even if online retailers to not require you to pay PA sales tax now, you will be required to pay the tax when returns are due.