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Crime Watch: Learn to protect yourself while shopping online


Special to the Miami Herald

Last week we talked about safe shopping on Black Friday. Today we are going to address shopping online, when many people buy gifts from online sellers.

Here are some tips to help keep you from getting a migraine down the road. Some of the recommendations I have used in past columns and are worth repeating.

Along these same lines, the FBI is reminding people this holiday season that cyber criminals continue to aggressively seek ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers are using several techniques to fool potential victims including sending unsolicited emails that contain false information by setting up spoofing websites that look like legitimate commercial sites and unleashing phishing and vishing (theft using voice-over-Internet technology) attacks where individuals receive emails or phone calls asking for personal data. So it

These cyber-scammers will do whatever they can to steal your money and personal information this holiday season and are trying many different ways to commit these crimes, according to the FBI.

For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI You also should visit the National Crime Prevention Council for more tips on Holiday shopping at

More next week on traveling during the holidays. Have a great safe week.

Carmen Caldwell is executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. Send feedback and news for this column to, or call her at 305-470-1670.

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