The Black Friday shopping frenzy has escalated in recent years as mobs of shoppers have turned aggressive and even violent in the search for savings.
My family stopped shopping on Black Friday several years ago. It simply got too crowded and too dangerous.
But for those of you who still shop on Black Friday, here are some safety tips to help keep you safe while you’re finding those great deals.
I realize that the level of danger will differ from town to town. And not all of these safety tips will apply to you. But it’s still good to be aware and ready, just in case. Anyone, anywhere can become a victim of theft and/or an attack.
And remember, I’m not suggesting that you become paranoid. And, no, I’m not being paranoid either. I’m simply giving you tips and suggestions to keep in mind to help you have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.
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Once November starts, many people begin the final leg of their holiday shopping. While you’re looking for the best deal on a big-ticket item or the perfect gift for someone who’s got everything, more and more people are using their smart devices to shop online.
Unfortunately, scammers know this, and they will be out in force as the holiday shopping season kicks off.
According the 2018 BBB Scam Tracker Report, online purchase scams rank second overall for riskiest scams and first in both exposure and susceptibility. Most people encounter these scams through misleading social media advertising, but phishing emails and simple fraudulent sellers are among the risks that online shoppers face.
Here are some BBB tips to avoid a holiday headache:
• Shop smart. Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals can be insane, but if the deal seems to good to be true, do some research. If you aren’t familiar with the seller, check them out on bbb.org and find contact information on the website. Find and read the fine print. Avoid falling for misleading social media ads that advertise “free” products. Make sure that you do your research on the website and contact information just like you would do with any other ads. Save all your receipts — digital, physical or email. Be sure you are familiar with the return policy for both the website and the individual seller, if applicable.
• Shop safely. Scammers send out emails that advertise special coupon deals or other discounts in order to get you to click. While the email may look legit, the scammer’s going to use official-looking logos in order to get you to put in login or payment information, which the scammer will then steal. Avoid seeking deals from unsolicited or unfamiliar emails, and make sure your anti-virus software is up to date before you dive into a lot of online shopping.
• Safety first. Be aware of your surroundings when you are out and about. If you are making extra trips to your car, lock your purchased items in the trunk where they can’t be easily seen or cover with a blanket. Keep your keys close at hand as you walk to the parking lot.
If you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker to help others avoid falling into the same trap. If you need help reporting it, give us a call at 1-800-552-4631.
Don’t allows frauds to victimize you. Help put an end to it.