Mastercard shares four NICE tips for staying safe this holiday season

The holiday season is just around the corner, and while many shoppers are rushing to the malls for last-minute offers, others are looking for those perfect bargains online.

Merchants are pulling out all the stops, but so are cyber criminals. They know people are looking for a good deal and are trying to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers. By creating very real looking offers and emails, criminals trick people into sharing personal information and payment details.

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To help shoppers stay safe during the shopping season, we have developed a “NICE” list – four simple steps to shop online more safely: