In the height of holiday shopping season, the government has reminded consumers to be wary of online scams. Recently, there have been increased incidents of fraudulent ads for expensive items at discounted prices. Scammers use fabricated contact information that looks like legitimate businesses to make the transactions appear reliable.
Shopping safely online is important in order to keep personal and financial information secure and protected from scammers. Consumers should maintain up-to-date virus software, do business with reputable vendors, review privacy policies, and check credit card statements. For additional tips from the government on safe shopping practices, click here.