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**Consumer Alert** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Cyber Monday Fraud When Hunting Deals

11/29/2019

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 29, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
**Consumer Alert**
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Cyber Monday Fraud When Hunting Deals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Cyber Monday sales skyrocketing to a record $7.9 billion just last year, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warns all shoppers to beware of Cyber Monday scams.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “This year, online shoppers are projected to spend $143.7 billion nationwide in November and December alone. Cyber Monday provides the perfect environment for cyber criminals because many shoppers guards are down due to their expectation of good deals. We all enjoy the convenience of online and mobile shopping, but it’s important to shop smart. Be alert and verify before you click.”

5 Quick Steps to Protect Yourself from Cyber Monday Scams
 
1. Do you know the retailer? Stick to retailers you know and preferably, have shopped with before.
2. Have you done your research? If you aren't familiar with a retailer, always look into them before buying products online. Be diligent in checking customer reviews and review complaints received by the Oficina de Buenas Prácticas Comerciales.
3. Does your Wi-Fi connection leave you vulnerable? Avoid connecting to pubic Wi-Fi while making any purchases—this can give hackers access to your transactions.
4. Is this website secure? Always check a website's security using several tricks: Look for a URL that begins with “https.” That "s" indicates that the website is more secure. Also check for the lock icon next to the web address on your browser.
5. Could this be a coupon scam? Online retailers often offer coupons on Cyber Monday, and scammers may copy this method in hopes of tricking consumers into providing financial information to use their fake discount code or gift card.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. El Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis trabaja todos los días para luchar contra el fraude de seguros, apoyar a los bomberos de la Florida y garantizar que las finanzas del estado sean estables para respaldar el crecimiento financiero del estado. Siga las actividades del Departamento en Facebook (FLDFS) y Twitter (@FLDFS).