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Black Friday is right around the corner. After that? Cyber Monday. And in between? A whole lot of offers, sales, and clearances. And, sadly, a lot of deception, scams, and identity theft.
So here are some holiday shopping tips, to keep you safe (legally speaking) both online and in real life.
We've all seen the videos of people being trampled stampeding for the latest TVs, smartphones, and other steals. So, should you just point and click rather than wait in line and run?
And if you do decide to shop online, does that mean you're trading financial security for physical safety? Not necessarily. While sharing payment info on the internet can put you at risk, following these tips can keep your banking data safe and secure.
Toy retailers are the big winners around the holidays. Make sure you don't lose out by purchasing unsafe or hazardous toys. Keep your gifts age-appropriate and make sure you do your research before buying anything.
We all know to be on the lookout for sales that seem too good to be true. But not all false advertising is so obvious. What if the original price was artificially inflated, so the sale price remains high? What if a buy-one-get-one sale is really a bait-and-switch? And what's all this in the fine print?
Beware pop-up ads; use a credit card instead of wire transfers or gift cards; scrutinize your search results; read the reviews; and avoid those online auctions.
And if you think you've been scammed this holiday season, contact an experienced attorney for help.