JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- It may seem difficult to talk about holiday scams during the month of October, but if you've been into the major stores they're ready for the Christmas holidays and so should you.
These are five holiday scams to avoid:
The Greatest online deal
Greatest is a read flag word. Examine who is making the claim. How long has the business been around? Is the product available elsewhere? Always check with www.bbb.org to see if there's a history.
Don't fall for the must have gadget/toy
Every holiday season there's a popular toy/gadget and the store sells out of it. Then it ends up on websites like Craigslist or eBay at a much higher price. If you must have buy from a local seller, someone you can meet in person to examine the product and make the deal.
Don't become the victim of Identity Theft
When possible do not let your credit card nor driver's license out of your sight. Keep track of your credit card purchases; if you find a suspicious purchase alert your card company immediately.
Don't become a target at the shopping centers
This simply means don't leave your packages on the back seat of your vehicle. It is an open invitation for someone to break in. Store your items in the trunk.
Trust your feelings
If it sounds too good to be true it probably is not true. If you don't feel comfortable where you are parking, park elsewhere. Remember all scams are crimes of opportunity, do not give them the opportunity.
First Coast News