Dec 18, 2009 11:17 PM by James Jarman
A consumer alert -- the shopping season combined with the recession means we all need to be on high alert for crooks.
Consumer advocates are continuing efforts to get the safety message out to everyone, because the crooks keep trolling the web.
Over the years NF5's done dozens of different stories about online scams. The Better Business Bureau says the scammers are constantly adapting and changing their tactics.
"And now we know the scammers are pretty sophisticated and as soon as there's a new security link in place they copy but there are certain trademarks that give you at least some sense of security and really pretty good sense," said Katie Carrol, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.
The best way to know a site's secure when you're shopping is to be wary when you go to checkout and buy items. A new page opens for you to input personal information.
Also, there needs to be a yellow padlock on the page. You can click on the padlock for even more security information.
If you don't see those 2 things that http"s" and that padlock, don't input any personal information.
To verify businesses and get more consumer tips go to the Better Business Bureau website and the Colorado State Attorney General's consumer page.