message from Attorney General Ashley Moody
ABOVE VIDEO: Be on the Lookout for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Scams
The rush to purchase presents before Christmas can provide opportunities for scammers trying to take advantage of last-minute buying.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released tips for last-minute shoppers—echoing previous warnings from Attorney General Moody.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The last-minute buying frenzy before Christmas can create opportunities for scammers trying to steal your holiday cheer. Be extra cautious while you shop and follow a few smart-shopping tips I am releasing for Floridians looking to finish their shopping list before Santa makes his rounds.”
Attorney General Moody previously covered many of the scams and consumer tips highlighted in the FBI’s recent warning.
Below is a list of a few safety steps from the Attorney General’s Consumer Alerts:
Use a credit card, instead of a debit card, when shopping online. Credit cards allow consumers to dispute a charge more easily if an item never arrives or a fraudulent charge occurs
Know that credible businesses will not demand payment via gift card—this is always a scam
Be careful using cryptocurrency, as the volatile market attracts opportunistic scammers
Check bank and credit card statements regularly to ensure there are no fraudulent charges or withdrawals
Never provide personal or financial information to anyone that you do not know
Create strong passwords to protect against identity theft, hackers and online fraud
Additionally, the FBI provides tips about buying from reputable websites and being wary of too-good-to-be-true deals.
These tips are covered in Attorney General Moody’s 2021 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide, which also contains more information about safe online shopping, how to avoid charity-related scams and a list of recalled items for consumers to stay wary of.