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How to protect yourself from cyber thieves

Cyber Monday is prime time for crooks
Posted at 6:07 PM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 19:07:52-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Americans are expected to spend a record $6.6 billion online on Cyber Monday.

According to Adobe, that would make it the biggest single day of online shopping in U.S. history.

Unfortunately, cyber crimes are also projected to jump on Cyber Monday by about 40 percent.

Those cyber thieves have a favorite target in Kansas and Missouri.

A new study by OpenVPN shows men are at greater risk of becoming victims.

The networking and software provider looked at cyber crime data from the FBI and a consumer complaints network from 2015 and 2016. 

The study found Missouri and Kansas have higher amounts of cyber theft on average than most states.

In Missouri, the largest group of victims were 40- to 49-year-old men.

In Kansas, it was men older than 60.

Cyber theft experts recommend being extra careful shopping on a mobile browser because scammers can create fake websites that may look legitimate.

Consumers are also warned to look out for fake apps, which can steal your personal information or even try to extort money by locking your phone.

Consumers should also avoid clicking on any unsolicited emails because the sender could be looking for personal information.

It's a scam known as phishing.

Security experts also suggest using only one credit card for online purchases.

A two-step purchase process, when a code is sent to email or phone, can also make it more difficult for cyber thieves.

Experts also recommend checking bank and credit card accounts frequently for possible fraud.