If you are celebrating the holidays away from your loved ones, you may be shopping online or shipping them something from a local store. Your BBB would like to remind you that December 16th is Free Shipping Day and also the busiest day of the year for delivery companies, according to Washington Times. Also, here are a few tips to help you shop better this holiday season:
1. Some deals are too good to be true.
During this time of year, fraudsters would advertise rare items or big discounts. If you see something that’s too good to be true, don’t fall for it. Don’t wire money to anyone you don’t know and try to use a credit card for your online purchases instead or a prepaid or a debit card. This way, if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to get your money back.
2. Free shipping? Yes, but what is the deadline?
When you choose free shipping for your purchase, make sure to check the deadline. Several businesses are participating in Free Shipping Day which is December 16th: find the complete list here.
3. Shipping delay notifications
If you receive an email telling you that your shipping has been delayed and asking you to click on a link, delete it! Return to the online store homepage and check your shipping there: most e-stores offer tracking numbers.
4. Save all your receipts and keep an eye on your wallet and credit cards
Make sure you don’t misplace your wallet or your credit cards. Also, try to organize your receipts in a binder. That way, if you need to return something, you’ll know where to find them.
5. Check your credit card balance after every purchase
During the holidays, a good way to stay on top of your spending is to check your credit card balance frequently. If there are any surprise purchases made in your name, you will be able to catch them in time.
6. Beware of social media scams
If you want to be 100% safe, only shop from trusted brands. Once again, social media proves to be very popular among fraudsters who post bogus coupons or made-up products in order to take people’s money. Don’t click anything that looks suspicious and only share trusted information on your social media profiles!
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