From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, shopping has become a staple of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Sadly, as shoppers head out to get the perfect holiday gift, so do the scammers. Before you get your credit cards ready this weekend, be sure to keep these tips in mind.
1. If it's "too good to be true" it is likely a scam! It is easy these days to mock up an ad or website that closely resembles popular retailers. Verify that the URL being used is authentic. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when on social media, clicking through links, or doing Google searches.
2. Take your time to read the fine print. Pay close attention if the company uses phrases like "beat competitors' prices," "up to x% off," or "free with purchase." These types of deals might come with terms and conditions you would want to avoid. Additionally, make sure you know the return policy for the items you are buying.
3. Protect yourself from viruses. Keep your personal information safe on your computer and phone by using up-to-date software. This way, you are protected in case you accidentally click on a link infused with malware. In public, don't use websites containing personal information (bank, credit card) on free Wi-Fi. Scammers specializing in identity theft can easily access this information.
Check out more tactics to fend off holiday scammers here.
Happy Thanksgiving and Stay Safe!