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Father's Day Scams

By Scam Awareness | June 13, 2017

With Father's Day just around the corner, it's time to make sure you've picked out the perfect gift for dad. Whether it's a gift card, adventure excursion, electronics or simple e-card, make sure it's not a scam!

According to the Better Business Bureau, each year many people fall victim to scams on Father's Day, particularly those related to gift purchases. Oftentimes, they don't read the fine print and overlook additional fees, rules and limitations for the purchase.

There are still some simple steps you can take to help avoid these financial scams that could put a damper on your Father's Day celebrations. First, begin by checking the cancellation and refund policies. For rental or trip agreements, make sure to actually read the fine print or ask to see an agreement in writing.

When purchasing gifts both in store and online, always ask for a receipt in case you have to make a return later. Finally, when shopping online, make sure the website has "https://" at the beginning of the URL. The 's' indicates that the site is secure. If you're buying something privately through a site like Craigslist, make sure you use a reputable payment portal. Never wire money to someone you don't know.

While it may seem like a lot to keep in mind, these actions can really make a difference in helping you-and your dad-stay safe from the disappointment of a scam on Father's Day!

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