The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office warned residents of scams and fraudulent businesses over the holiday season.

“Pennsylvanians need to be on alert for scammers this holiday season,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Below are the things to watch out for this holiday season:

  • The Bait and Switch: Unscrupulous retailers may advertise goods at low prices, but when you get to the store the price may be higher than advertised or the product might not be there at all. To combat this tactic, take retailers’ advertisements to the store with you when you go shopping.
  • Skimming Devices: Skimming devices are machines usually placed on gas pumps or ATMs to capture data from the magnetic stripe on the back of credit and debit cards. If something looks out of place or a stationary payment device easily wiggles, use a different ATM, gas pump or register.
  • Cybersquatting Sites: Crooks try to impersonate well-known websites by purchasing names similar to well-known websites then inverting characters or making slight alterations on the name of the site. The copycat sites may look similar to the real website – and they can steal your credit information. Carefully read website addresses to ensure you are shopping on a legitimate website.
  • Copycat and Fraudulent Websites: Fake websites set up by scammers target online shoppers during the holiday season. Sometimes appearing as ad results in online searches, these sites may contain malware or steal…

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