If you are away from your loved ones this holiday season, you may be shopping online and having something delivered or you may be shopping in a local store and shipping your gifts. Your BBB reminds you that the deadline to get your gifts to their destination is fast approaching. According to a recent Washington Times article, the U.S. Postal Service predicts that Monday, December 16 will be the busiest mailing day of the holiday season with over six million people expected to visit their local post office. Keep in mind that the last date to ship a package arriving in time for Christmas Day thru the USPS ranges between December 20th and 23rd depending on what method is used. And be sure to check your favorite online stores for their last day for standards shipping as they may vary.
If you are a last minute shopper, keep these tips in mind:
1. Watch out for deals that are too good to be true. Online auction sites may be advertising that hard-to-find gift you are looking for, but use caution. Don’t wire money to anyone you don’t know on the promise you will receive the item you want.
2. If you see a “Free Shipping” offer, check the deadline to be sure it will get to your desired destination on time. Several businesses are participating in “Free Shipping Day” which is December 18th. To view the participating stores, visit http://www.freeshippingday.com/.
3. Watch out for emails claiming there was a shipping delay. These emails often contain a link to check on the package. Keep in mind that schemers may be using this holiday season to send out malware in the form of a link. To check on your package safely, consider returning to the online store you purchased from. Most have the option of tracking a package.
4. Be careful to keep track of receipts, your wallet and your credit cards. It’s not simply a matter of you being forgetful or leaving something behind. It can be very important to hang onto and organize your receipts as you go in case you need to return something later.
5. Check your credit card balances frequently. Besides knowing how much you have left in the bank to spend, it’s a great way to spot unfamiliar charges before someone runs wild with a stolen card or number. If you find a problem, get in touch with your credit card issuer immediately.
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