ABILENE, Texas -

Police are warning those purchasing items online – starting with today’s Cyber Monday sales push – to be extra careful.

“It’s Cyber Monday, so take simple precautions by using reputable websites, use strong passwords and use a credit card versus a debit card,” Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler said.

Debit cards, Spindler said, can “give thieves direct access to your personal checking account.”

According to Spindler:

*- Know who you are dealing with

*- Know what you’re buying

*- Know what it will cost

*- Check out the terms of the deal (like refund policies and delivery dates)

*- Pay by credit card

*- Keep records, and

*- Protect your information.

Refer to this website for further advice and assistance: www.ftc.gov