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Tips To Avoid Scammers While Shopping After Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2018, 10:16 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Research has shown that more than half of Americans will drop money on deals happening Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

You’ll need to be on the lookout for scammers because those scammers will be on the lookout for you.

Here are some quick tips to help you avoid being taken while you’re taking advantage of the weekend’s deals.

Beware of public Wi-Fi

Some scammers set up free connections that appear legitimate. Once unsuspecting victims join the network, the scammers can then access information on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Secure your smartphone and tablet, and update your anti-virus software

Make sure your passwords are up-to-date, and don’t forget to make them difficult to guess. In the event your phone is lost or stolen, you don’t want a scammer to be able to access your information. Make sure you’re also running the latest version of your anti-virus software.

Don’t send cash or wire money

This is particularly for people who shop on Ebay or Etsy. Always make sure to use a card so you can track online charges.

Compare prices, and watch for phantom websites

These phantom websites are created to look like a legitimate retailer. They’re set up to lure in unsuspecting bargain shoppers who believe they’re purchasing an item but are actually just handing over their information to a scammer.

The Department of Commerce anticipates shoppers will spend $720 billion between November and December.

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Tips To Avoid Scammers While Shopping After Thanksgiving