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Cyber Monday tips and tricks to keep you safe for the holidays

(WBNG) — As millions of people take to the internet to score some deals on Cyber Monday, local law enforcement officials say shoppers should be on high alert.

“Be aware of online scams,” said Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge. “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

“Check with friends and family to verify to see if they’re familiar or check with different internet sources to see if there’s a warning on different scams,” he added.

The United States Postal Service is expecting to receive 900 million packages this holiday season.

“Keep your sidewalks clear for our carriers, keep any type of electric cords with your Christmas lights out of the way, try to keep our carriers as safe as they can delivering up to your house,” explained Binghamton United States Postal Service Postmaster Douglas Williams.

Police say community members should try to avoid porch pirates from ruining Christmas for their families.

“Have friends, family, neighbors, help you to keep an eye on your packages,” said Dodge. “Maybe if you’re not home and they are, they can bring them in for you, and you can do the same for them, just to make sure that your packages don’t disappear.”

Police also recommend getting cameras if possible.

“It’ll assist us with catching package thieves if that does happen,” said Dodge.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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