CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) — It’s almost Cyber Monday. This holiday shopping season, don’t fall victim to online shopping scams.

An AARP-sponsored study by Javelin Strategy & Research found that of consumers who are 50 and older, 29% say they have fallen victim to online shopping scams.

The seniors interest group says that shopping scams usually hook potential victims using a bogus website, mobile app or social media ad, and a Better Business Bureau study found that 40% of online shopping scams that it had received reports about originated from Facebook or Instagram.

AARP shared the following warning signs that what seems like a great online deal may actually be a scam:

  • Discounts that are more than 55%.
  • A shoddily-designed website, or one that uses sloppy English. Genuine retailers will put more time into making their websites look professional.
  • Limited or suspicious contact options, such as only offering a fill-in contact form or having a customer service email through a Yahoo or Gmail account instead of a corporate one.
  • URLs that have more than just the brand name, or that use unusual domains like .bargain, .app or a foreign domain instead of .com or .net.

It also shared the tips below for protecting yourself online:

  • Use trusted sites instead of shopping with a search engine.
  • Use other websites to compare prices if a deal looks too good to be true.
  • Research unfamiliar products or brands, look at reviews and search for the name with words like “scam” or “complaint.”
  • Check phone numbers and addresses on store websites to make sure they work, in case you need to contact the seller.
  • Read delivery, exchange, refund and privacy policies carefully.
  • Check URLs and app names at least twice for misspellings or other red flags.
  • Pay by credit card—liability for fraudulent charges on credit cards is usually limited to $50 and some offer 100% purchase protection, whereas debit cards do not.
  • Never pay by wire transfer, money order or gift card—sellers that ask for those payment types are scammers.
  • Don’t use sites that require you to download software or enter personal information to access coupons or discount codes.

If you do fall victim to an online retail scam, file a report with the FTC and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and report the business to the BBB Scam Tracker.