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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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West Virginia's Attorney General's Office urges consumers to be safe during your shopping trips this holiday season.

 "This is the busiest time of year at independent stores, malls and for online retailers, and for many people, going out shopping in the early morning hours of Black Friday is an enjoyable family tradition," Attorney General Morrisey said. "But in the midst of finding the perfect gift at a great price for a loved one, consumers should also remember to think ‘Safety First.'  Just as stores and online sites will be very busy on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, people with bad intentions will be busy too."

 

Here are some safety tips to consider when shopping for your holiday gifts in stores and online.

  • Shop with other people.  Make a plan for when and how you will find each other in the stores.
  • Keep your purses and wallets close to you at all times. Keep in mind, pickpockets shop on Black Friday too.
  • Do not remove your cash or credit cards from your wallet until it is time to make your purchases.
  • Do not purchase more than you can carry.  Stores will be busy and there may not be any personnel available to help with larger purchases.
  • Lock your purchases in your vehicle securely and be sure to hide expensive items from sight.  If you are able, take your gifts home between shopping trips.
  • Keep track of your receipts from all purchases in stores and online.
  • When shopping online, consider using prepaid credit cards or one-time use credit cards.
  • Shop online with companies you know and trust.  If you are unfamiliar with the company, check their background and read reviews from other customers.
  • Avoid logging onto a shopping website through your email account. Go to the businesses website.  If you already have an account with a business or online shopping site, make sure to log on to their website and not through your email.
  • Remember: If a deal seems like it is too good to be true, it most likely is.