(CBS) — A word of caution as the shopping season begins: There are people who want your money, and they’re not all retailers.
The FBI’s Chicago office are warning consumers as Black Friday and Cyber Monday draw near.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup Continues
“Criminals are seizing this opportunity to try to steal your information, which also includes your cash,” Special Agent Garrett Croon tells WBBM’s Steve Miller.READ MORE: At Least 10 Shot, 1 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
One scam that’s on the increase: phishing. If you get an email that tries to tempt you into clicking on a link, that link could expose your computer to a malware takeover, Croon says.MORE NEWS: Bill For Reparations For Black Evanston Residents Soon To Go Up For Vote; Some Say It's Insufficient And Could Make Things Worse
If you do think you’re a victim of a scam, let the FBI know at ic3.gov.