While the Internet has made many forms of shopping more convenient for consumers, it has also made theft and fraud easier than ever for thieves and scam artists. The online buyer especially needs to beware. In this class you will learn how to protect your money, your privacy and even your identity from being tampered with. You will pick up valuable consumer tips that will help you to purchase goods and services safely while online. You learn about common methods used by thieves including the use of spam, email, viruses, and phishing and learn how to recognize offers that are potentially fraudulent. You will come away knowing how to decipher questionable offers involving Internet auctions, online investments, health care products, travel and vacation offers, sweepstakes and pyramid schemes.