It has become harder and harder to distinguish between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year, for the first time, Cyber Monday actually surpassed Black Friday in overall sales (probably due to Covid19). According to Adobe Analytics, U.S. shoppers spent $9 million on Black Friday and $10.8 billion on Cyber Monday.

The pressure to get the perfect gifts has increased this year. Like last year, the pandemic will play a major factor in holiday shopping, but this year in-store shopping is much more accessible. Add in the supply chain/shipping delay dilemma that makes many hot items scarcer and the pressure mounts. With the increased pressure can come a somewhat frantic carelessness that exposes our vulnerabilities.

Having those billions of dollars on the line this holiday shopping season, criminals know the season is rife with opportunities for them to scam and steal. We at BBB want you to have a safe, scam-free shopping experience.

First, let’s talk about traditional, in-person Black Friday shopping.

• Don’t flash your cash! Don’t let a shady character peer over your shoulder to get your account information. Wait until the cashier asks before taking out your credit card or checkbook.

• Avoid pickpockets by carrying your purse close to your body or putting your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.

• Don’t buy more than you can carry. Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle. Check the backseat and around the car before getting in. Lock your…

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