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Online shopping fraud warnings for holiday shopping season

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Now, after Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, comes Cyber Monday.

Some people prefer the convenience of shopping from home, but that convenience can be costly.

It's fairly common for police departments and the attorney general's office to get reports of online fraud, but the number of those cases goes up around the holidays when people are turning to the Internet for more convenient shopping.

Officials warn buyers to know who they're buying from and check that it's a secure website. Secure websites start with an HTTPS web address.

It's also recommended to check your credit report often for strange activity. Having a separate bank account for online purchases can also help you avoid losing large sums of money.

"Whenever you do anything on the Internet you want to be cautious because once you get your information out there you don't really know who it's going to. So you definitely want to stick to websites that are verified or creditable," said Officer Aaron Hamel, Kennewick Police Department.

Another tip to look for is if a site asks for more information then needed to complete the order, like bank account information or a driver's license number.

If you become a victim of online fraud or identity theft, police advise you to file a report with your local police department and contact your bank.

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