Florida's Attorney General Shares Tips To Avoid Scams While Shopping

Florida's attorney general is out with her annual Holiday Consumer Protection Guide.  

Pam Bondi says the 2018 edition is full of great advice for making secure purchases online and tips on avoiding identity theft and charity scams.  

Bondi, who is term-limited and will be replaced by incoming Attorney General Ashley Moody in January, says the guide also includes safety information about toys and recalled items to help shoppers make wise purchases this holiday season.

Here are a few of her holiday shopping tips:

When shopping online it is often wise to pay with a credit card instead of a debit card, if possible. Both payment methods allow you to dispute a charge if the merchandise never arrives or is different from what was ordered. However, with a debit card, the purchase is already deducted from your bank account and it may take days or weeks for your bank to reverse the charge.

When ordering online, ensure that the web browser has a secure connection before inputting or submitting payment information. In the address bar, a padlock should appear if your session is secure.

Keep your receipts and be sure you understand retailers’ return policies and periods so you can return any unwanted item(s) for a full refund.

There are also tips for charity-giving.

Click Here to check out the Holiday Consumer Protection Guide.


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