Top 10 `Cyber Monday’ tips for staying safe when shopping online

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

“Cyber Monday,” the Monday after Thanksgiving, has officially replaced “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, as the most popular day to shop for the holidays because of the high online shopping activity. Shopping online means avoiding the crowds, but it can also open the buyer to attacks from scammers and hackers.
In order to fight these online grinches, the San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) is recommending the following10 tips for staying safe when holiday shopping online: (1) Protect your computer with the most recent updates for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a secure firewall; (2) Shop on trustworthy retailer websites that shows the BBB seal; (3) Protect your personal information (if you can’t find the site’s privacy policy, it’s a red flag that personal information may be sold to others without permission); (4) Beware of deals that sound too good to be true;
(5) Beware of phishing, which are e-mails claiming problems with an order or an account to lure the “buyer” into revealing financial personal information; (6) Confirm your online purchase is secure by looking in the address box for the “s” in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the “lock” symbol before paying; (7) Pay with a credit card because under federal law you can dispute the charges you do not receive the item; (8) Keep paper documentation of your order; (9) Check your credit card statements often; (10) Know your rights (federal law requires that orders made by mail, phone or online be shipped by the date promised or, if no delivery time was stated, within 30 days; if the goods aren’t shipped on time, you can cancel and demand a refund). For more free consumer protection tips and business reviews on more than 50,000 local companies, phone the BBB at (858) 496-2131 or visit www.bbb.org.