Avoiding fake apps on Cyber Monday

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- As many shoppers look online for holiday deals on what is known as Cyber Monday, the Better Business Bureau warns of fake apps that may cost us big time.

the BBB says hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store in recent weeks.

Entering credit card information in a fake app opens consumers to potential financial fraud. Some fake apps contain malware that can steal personal information, or even lock the phone until the user pays a ransom, the BBB says.

The BBB advises app users take a closer look at the fine print before putting it on their phones and to take these precautions:
-Check when it was developed, what version its on, who was the publisher, and look for customer reviews. If you pull up a major retailer's app and it has no reviews, then you're probably on the wrong one.
-Check the link connected to the app to see if you're being directed to the retailer's legitimate website.
-Never click on a link in any email to download a new app. Only go to the website of the retailers to get a link to the legitimate app.
-Check ask.bbb.org for additional scam information and also safe online shopping.