It is the holiday season, one of the busiest and, hopefully, one of the most enjoyable times of year. It is also a time to be especially careful with your money, as scam artists are also busy, and the ongoing pandemic may give them added opportunities to do their dirty work.

With that in mind, here’s some advice from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on how to navigate events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday safely and enjoyably.

“Your money is hard-earned,” Rosenblum said. “You want to put it to good use and not have others trick you out of it. I suggest shopping early, shopping local and giving only to charities registered with my agency, the Oregon Department of Justice. Even then, only spend or give your money to businesses and organizations you know and trust. This year, we have the added stress of shipping delays and backordered items, which gives scammers additional ways to take advantage of you — especially by tricking you into thinking they can get that package here sooner or get you that out of stock or sold out gift item.”

Five tips for savvy shopping and wise giving this holiday season:

Tip 1: Avoid buying items that will never arrive.

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