NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – With people continuing to go online to do their shopping, there’s a crime that’s following them along the way.

Internet scams targeting immigrants and seniors are circling around online and Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nita Lowey wants her constituents to be aware.

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“The costs of scams amounts to about a billion dollars so this is a big business and we want people to know: don’t respond,” Lowey said. “The results can be disastrous.”

Lowey said people need to be more cautious when they’re asked for personal information. The real federal government would not ask you for $850 and your loved ones are not in trouble overseas and in need of money.

“So many people live on their computers. They don’t go into the stores, they shop online and they are unfortunately duped easily if it sounds like an interesting deal here,” Lowey said.

In the end, when shopping online, she said protect yourself and don’t sign off your common sense.

“What this is about is scams,” Lowey said.