The holiday countdown is underway, and if your readers
are like most shoppers, they probably plan to shop online
during the 2021 season of giving. Unfortunately, this is
also the season when online scammers shop for victims. This
year we’re expecting supply chain issues to cause
shortages in hot ticket presents, making it an ideal year
for scammers.

The good news is that there are steps to
take to keep shopping funds and personal information safe
from these seasonal opportunists while holiday shopping
online. Foil online scammers and identity thieves by using
these tips to help stay safe before, during, and after
shopping online thisseason.

Where to do
your online holiday

Shoppingonline means you never
have to get stuck in traffic on the way to the mall,wait
in long lines, or listen to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of
theYear” dozens of times, unless you really want

Butshopping IRL — in real life — offers one
big advantage: You know the businessand inventory exist.
On the web, some scammers create fake online stores
justtogetyour credit card numberor other
personal information.

Toplay it safe, consider
doing online business only with retailers you trust
andhave shopped with before. Or at least confirm the
business is legit by looking at sites,and
skimming a few customer

Don’tfall for scam holiday
shopping ads or…

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