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Black Friday v. Cyber Monday

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It is the Super Bowl for online retailers -- always held on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Millions flock to their computers to save instead of storming the stores.  

"Black Friday shopping is really fun just because of the rush and the environment and the really good sales," says Katie Watson of Bettendorf

The reasons people brave the elements on black Friday greatly vary.

"It gives you a little wider spectrum of what you're looking at, like what do they call it, window shopping, where you get to kind of look over everything," said Ed Myers of Davenport.

"I love Cyber Monday. I think it's a great thing for people like me who have full time jobs who can't get out shopping once the holiday season starts.

This year, Cyber Monday shoppers are expected to spend a record amount of $1.5 billion.

Much of that spending will come from video games, computers, toys and even clothing.

But even with the ease of the point and click, some still want to pound the pavement and find those deals.

"It depends on what I'm buying. Sometimes I like to see what I'm getting before, but sometimes I'm good," said Alex Tomesch, Bettendorf.

While shopping online you really need to pay attention to your secure information - and if something seems too good to be true it probably is.

There are things you can do to make sure you stay safe this Cyber Monday.

 

 - Always make sure to shop secure web sites. These will have the letters HTTPS at the beginning.

 - Never divulge your social security number for any reason while shopping online.

 - And, beware of using slightly misspelled web sites. Scammers will buy up these URL's and use them as fronts for scams.