Scammers don’t take vacations; Tips for Safe Shopping

If you shop online during the holiday season, fraud prevention experts say scammers keep finding ways to exploit people, so it’s best not to rush your shopping so you don’t miss out. the warning signs.

Amy Nofziger, director of fraud victim support at AARP, says fake social media ads are a major concern this year. She says supply chain issues could cause people to bypass trusted companies when searching the internet.

“And they find these websites that look legitimate, but they’re not. Again, take the name of the business, put it in a search engine, and do your research.

She says when people quickly browse ads online, they might not be doing enough checking to make sure the business behind an ad is real. Nofziger says you should never be ashamed of being scammed – and take action instead.

“These are good criminals who target you to steal your money. You should be crazy; you should have the authority to report it.

One way to find an unknown business is to type its name and the words “review”, “scam” and “complaints” into a search engine and see what results appear.

If you’re unsure of how to investigate an online ad or how to report a scam, South Dakota Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Director Jody Gillespie says their consumer protection team is ready for you. to help.

“Let us go over this for you, before actually putting your credit card information in.” It’s easier for us to stop this transaction before you even do it.

If you plan to shop in person at stores, Captain Tanner Jondahl of the Aberdeen Police Department says you need to be careful with how you use public Wi-Fi.

“If you’re on the go and using free business internet access, just understand that some of these public Wi-Fi connections can be bad. actually connect to a bad guy’s internet. “

Another common scam is a message disguised as a warning from a well-known delivery company that something has gone wrong with a shipment to your address. Experts say these messages often contain harmful links.

The Consumer Protection Division of the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office can be reached by calling 1-800-300-1986 or sending an email [email protected].

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