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AG's Office gives tips on safe holiday shopping

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Posted at 8:54 AM, Nov 25, 2020

The Attorney General's Office is offering safety tips for Louisiana residents ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Holiday shopping, they say, can come with risks.

“I hope these tips help shoppers achieve maximum savings while keeping their personal information and hard-earned money secure,” said AG Landry. “I also encourage consumers to know the return policy and warranty information of your purchases and pass that along to gift recipients.”

Online Shopping

  • Shop with trustworthy sellers on secure sites only. Be wary of businesses with whom you are not familiar.
  • Keep your antivirus software on computer and mobile device up to date. Doing so may help you to avoid non-secure websites and pop-up phishing scams.
  • Watch out for phishing scams. Look out for unsolicited emails or texts with hyperlinks claiming you have a free gift waiting for you or a problem with your delivery.

In-Person Shopping

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Never leave your personal items or packages unattended and be alert when loading purchases into your vehicle.
  • Keep your cool. Do not fight over items with other customers; even the best of deals is not worth an injury or criminal charges.
  • Use a single credit card. Carrying cash can attract thieves; and if your purse or wallet is stolen, carrying a single credit card means only having to make one cancellation call.

For more consumer safety tips, call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889.

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