Shopping Online this Holiday Season? Here’s How to Protect Yourself

The holiday shopping season is here and so are fake websites, malicious links, and even fake charities waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers.

  • Watch out for fake websites

  • Only use trusted, secure sites

  • Use a credit card for online purchases

  • Beware of phishing emails

  • Monitor bank accounts for strange activity

  • Avoid deals that are too good to be true

  • Protect your devices by downloading the latest software updates

  • Turn on multi-factor authentication and set strong passwords

The Virginia Beach Police Department also shared these steps to reduce your risk of package theft:

📦Ship Packages to Work or to a Local Store location

📦Request Signature Confirmation

📦Utilize Local Pickup Lockers/Facilities 📦Ask a Neighbor to Receive on Your Behalf