The holiday deals move from in-store to online Monday, but with online purchases come potential scammers.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey would like to urge consumers to be cautious as holiday shopping heats up with Cyber Monday.
“It is important for consumers to stay vigilant as the holiday shopping season kicks off,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Consumers must be aware of potential scams and keep personal information protected as they purchase gifts for loved ones.”
Here are some tips for a safe Cyber Monday shopping:
- Credit cards, whether shopping online or in store, provide the best protection to dispute charges when goods or services do not arrive as promised.
- In-store shoppers also should leave Social Security cards and other non-essential information at home, lock presents away in the trunk, watch for skimming devices and use a RFID blocking sleeve or wallet to protect credit/debit cards from electronic pickpockets.
- Online shoppers also should watch for spelling mistakes, low-quality images and ensure URL addresses legitimately match the known retailer’s website.
- Consumers should rely upon secure payment systems, avoid money transfers to unknown people and make sure any payment website starts with https:// as the “s” indicates a secure page.
If you believe you have been scammed while shopping, please call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.