Black Friday is only a few days away and everybody is looking forward to shopping for great presents right after Thanksgiving. Stores will be full, everybody will be out and about and unfortunately, the number of scams will increase. If you think someone scammed you, call your local BBB, we are always here to help! But it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so here are a few easy ways to avoid Black Friday scams:
[su_heading style=”flat-light” align=”left”]1. Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number[/su_heading]
Don’t worry; if it’s someone you know they will leave a message, so you won’t be missing out on anything. Most scammers call pretending to be people in need and appealing to your good nature when asking for money. Also, if someone calls you crying and says they are a relative who had a car accident and needs money immediately, don’t fall for it!
[su_heading style=”flat-light” align=”left”]2. Set up your email spam folder options[/su_heading]
Not many people know that a great way to avoid Black Friday scams is to change your email’s spam folder settings. You can automatically send all unknown emails to your spam folder. If you get an email from someone you know, text or call them before opening it to make sure it’s not a virus trying to empty your bank account.
[su_heading style=”flat-light” align=”left”]3. Watch out for fake coupons[/su_heading]
When trying to avoid Black Friday scams, also analyze everything you find online, especially if it seems too good to be true. Norton, the antivirus company, warns that scammers sometimes put fake coupons out there just to lure you to a website and get your credit card information.
[su_heading style=”flat-light” align=”left”]4. Shop from trusted brands and stores only![/su_heading]
Avoid pop-up shops and make sure to research an online store before giving them your credit card information. If you just type that store’s name into your browser, you will see what other people had to say about it. Check out the reviews and if you had a bad experience leave your own review so that others can be warned. Never forget to investigate before you invest!
[su_heading style=”flat-light” align=”left”]5. Beware of social media scams![/su_heading]
Some Black Friday scams show up in your Facebook feed, others appear in the form of a Black Friday giveaway. Whatever happens, don’t give anyone your full name, address, social security number or your credit card information!
Nevertheless, don’t forget to ask about the return policy when you buy something, inspect your item for flaws, ask what the initial price was and always ask to speak to a manager if something seems suspicious. Have a great Black Friday and call your local BBB at 812.473.0202 if you need help!
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