Online shopping is convenient, but leaves you open to fraud—here’s how to protect yourself

Completing your holiday shopping online is convenient, but it can leave you open to fraud. The holidays are a peak time for thieves to take advantage of consumers that are buying more items and can therefore easily miss fraudulent charges amid a long list of transactions.

When you shop online or from your mobile device, you may be targeted by fraudsters that send you fake emails or texts advertising too-good-to-be-true deals (known as phishing). If you click on an unverified link, you may unknowingly give your credit card number to a thief who can use it to rack up unauthorized charges.