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Beware of common holiday shopping scams

A report from 2015 by AARP says most shoppers aren’t aware of how to protect themselves from shopping scammers. Be aware of how to protect yourself from such risks.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 10:49 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2017 10:50 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A report from 2015 by AARP says most shoppers aren’t aware of how to protect themselves from shopping scammers.

“If anything ever seems too good to be true, take a step back and do your homework,” said Jeff Snyder, general manager of the Mall at Barnes Crossing

Simple and sound advice.

According to a survey this year by Domain Tools, two in five U.S. consumers have fallen victim to an online scam.

“Whether it’s someone trying to get your credit card information online, or whether somebody’s trying to sell you a product that’s a knockoff of another product where the price seems too good to be true,” said Snyder. “Its buyer beware.”

With more than 90 percent of shoppers filling up their baskets online, it’s pertinent to protect yourself from thieves.
Tupelo police say they see an increase in internet scams and solicitations through e-mails during the festive season.

“Be careful when you follow those links back to that site,” said Captain Chuck McDougald.
Legit sites should have “https,” and some tricks include misspelled words or incorrect domains to popular retail sites like Walmart, amazon or target.

“Don’t follow that link, instead just go to the specific site that you’re wanting to go to,” said McDougald.
The most common gift you may give this season might be in the form of a gift card, but some con artists might demand you pay “missed bills” with ITunes or amazon gift cards.

“If someone’s asking you to pay them in a gift card,” advises McDougald. “That should raise a lot of red flags.

There’s nowhere to trace that card back and once it’s depleted there’s no way to get your cash back.

An investigator tells me repacking and also secret shopper scams are also common.

“Repackaging scams where you’re supposedly hired to receive packages and then send them to different addresses,” said Captain Jerry Davis.

A shopper at the mall says they already have a system in case of any detected fraud.

“I have a credit card set up that alerts me when money is spent on it,” explained Sarah Childers. “So I know if I get an e-mail for something I didn’t buy, I immediately just cancel that credit card. I try and always use the same card for it."

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