Be wary of online shopping this Christmas

Ads for Cyber Monday sales are seen on a cell phone in Washington, DC, December 2, 2013. (AFP...

Ads for Cyber Monday sales are seen on a cell phone in Washington, DC, December 2, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/Jim Watson)

Linda White, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:08 PM ET

For many Canadian shoppers, the convenience, safety and security of online shopping is an attractive alternative to busy malls and packed parking lots.

Cyber scrooges are well aware of the increase in online shopping, underscoring the importance of protecting money and personal data.

"Fraud can take many forms, such as identity theft, fake e-mails or websites that trick consumers into providing personal financial information and anyone can be a victim," says Julie Hauser, spokesman for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (fcac-acfc.gc.ca).


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