Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Cyber Monday boasts some of online's hottest deals, but you'll want to make sure you don't get tricked into buying something you don't actually want.

Cyber Monday can be great for shoppers if you take a few safety steps.

The first step, read reviews. Real experiences from previous buyers can be a big deciding factor. Learn as much information about the product and seller as you can, especially when a huge chunk of change is on the line!

The second step, know the terminology. Find out what the retailer's exchange and refund policies are, or if there will shipping costs or restocking fees when returning products.

The third step, use secure checkout. Before you enter your credit card information online, check that the website address starts with "https." The "s" stands for secure. No "s," no credit card.

Finally, use common sense. If something looks too good to be true and can't be verified, find it somewhere else.

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