12/1/2013 7:45 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Before you get ready to shop from the office, or at home in your pajamas on Cyber Monday, West Virginia's Attorney General urged you to take precautions before clicking the mouse.
Patrick Morrisey said folks should consider shopping online with one-time use credit cards, but if that isn't for you, he recommended shopping with companies you know and trust and doing a little research.
"I think if people are going to shop from home you want to take a couple of basic precautions. Of course, they want to guard against the improper use of credit card information, A lot of times when you go online, you provide your credit card information, you provide the security code, do not provide your credit card information unless you know who the merchant is, that's absolutely essential. Number two, if you see something and they're asking for a lot of personal information and you don't think it's appropriate, be very careful. There's a lot of these fake websites out and also a lot of people that are trying to lure you in through social media to get you to provide personalized information. Be very weary of that. Always go to merchants who you know the name of, you've done you're research about, and who you can trust."