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Important Holiday Shopping Tips to Avoid Scams

As we enter the holiday season, we are reminding the public about common scams and also providing tips to keep your purchases safe from bad actors.

Be wary of holiday sales scams that often appear as deals that are too good to be true. If you receive an ad that has an unrealistic discount or is offering an item you know is sold out at other stores, chances are it’s a scam.

  • Research sellers before you buy. Only use trusted vendors and use a credit card instead of debit card to receive an added layer of fraud protection.
  • When ordering online, be sure you’ll be home to receive packages. During the holiday season, it is common for thieves to take boxes or envelopes left unattended on a porch or in front of an apartment door.
  • Many online retailers give an option for secure locker pick-up or in-store pick-up. Consider using this method to avoid the heartache of stolen gifts.
  • When scrolling social media, beware of targeted ads that offer vouchers, gift cards or holiday promotions.
  • Often, these scams lead consumers to an online survey that steals personal information. If you access an ad through a social media platform, be sure to research the business or website.
  • Only provide credit card or personal information when you know it’s safe.

If you discover that you have been scammed, you can report it to your credit card company or bank to dispute the charges.

You can also report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov.

You can also report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission or as always, you can go to SanDiegoDA.com for assistance.

On behalf of everyone at the District Attorney’s Office, have a wonderful and safe holiday shopping season.