Black Friday is here and with Cyber Monday around the corner, consumers shopping for the winter holidays should be on the lookout for online scams, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's effort launched Wednesday. "The holidays fly by every single year," Nessel said in a press release. "And while everyone is focused on celebrating their traditions and checking off those gift lists, it\u2019s imperative we all keep in mind ways to protect our personal and bank information from bad actors." Now through Dec. 17, to help shoppers focus on ways to protect their information while shopping and be aware of tactics used to cheat them out of their funds, Nessel is sharing 16 Days of Scams to educate and ensure Michiganders protect their wallets while staying safe this season. You can view Nessel's holiday scams YouTube playlist here. Below is an episode from 2020.\u00a0 To kick off the campaign, Nessel shared important information on Wednesday surrounding the biggest shopping and philanthropic days of the year \u2014 Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday \u2014 with the reissuance of three consumer alerts focused on protecting your information. Nessel\u2019s first alert focuses on ways to keep your credit card accounts safe from those who would like to get their hands on your information and your money. Those tips include creating a strong password and PIN that is unique to only that specific credit card, as well as keeping the information private and shredding documents like statements before they go in the trash. Nessel is also reissuing her online shopping and wise charitable giving consumer alerts. Keep the following in mind if you\u2019ll be spending money online: Research the retailer. You will know the business and their existing inventory if you\u2019re visiting a store, but on the web some businesses are fabricated by people who just want your credit card information or other personal details. Avoid online retailers if you cannot verify their listed physical locations and customer service phone numbers. Then double check any listed information is legitimate by putting them in an online search. Do an online image search of the product and any other images the seller has posted to see where the product is coming from, how much it really costs and who else is selling it. Watch this video to learn how to do that. When making online purchases, pay with a credit card. Credit cards provide protections that allow you to dispute charges if an item is not delivered or is not as advertised.\u00a0 Consumer complaints can be filed online at Nessel's website here or by calling 877-765-8388. You can follow Nessel's official Facebook and Twitter pages along with subscribing to the department's consumer alerts to receive the most up-to-date consumer news and updated dangerous toy guide.