Online Holiday Shopping Threat

Scam artists taking advantage of last minute deal seekers are stealing money using fake websites.
1:20 | 12/13/15

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A warning tonight for all us procrastinators. Before you click your way to checkout, here's ABC's Gloria Riviera with the holiday scam that is causing some big holiday headaches. Reporter: This holiday season, beware of scam artists online, waiting for you. Shopping for her daughter, Mindy Hayes clicked on an ad in her Facebook feed for ugg boots, over 80% off. I was like, oh, great deal. Reporter: Too great. Those boots never arrived. The online retailer apparently a fake. When I got my confirmation e-mail, it just didn't look legitimate. Reporter: Mindy, an avid online shopper, who works in I.T., was out $83. Experts warn it could have been worse. More money or even her identity. Clicking that link puts you in danger, it also puts your family and friends in danger. Reporter: All of that can happen with just one click. Absolutely. Reporter: So, what should you be looking for? Safe sites have an "S" with a lock in the url. Fake sites often have typos and grammatical errors. Real online businesses have extensive privacy policies. Facebook quickly investigated, telling ABC news it has "Blocked this website from placing future ads." As for Mindy Hayes, she's working on getting her money back. It's hard to know who you can and can't buy from online. Reporter: Gloria Riviera, ABC news, Washington.

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