While Shopping Online This Holiday Season, Be Alert For Scammers

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

WOODBURY, N.J. — The holiday season is a time to gather with friends and family. However, as you search online for that perfect gift, there are people out there who are looking to ruin your holiday by trying to make you their next scamming target.

Holiday scams are often variations of the scams that occur throughout the year. However, with the hectic and rushed activity around the holidays and with more people buying online, especially those who are not internet savvy, there is a greater risk of losing money.

Gloucester County Board of Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger wants residents to be aware of the potential dangers.

“We want everyone to have a happy holiday season, but we also need to be on alert for scams and warn residents of their tactics,” said Director Robert M. Damminger. 

Some of the typical seasonal scams include:

Gift Card Scams

When purchasing a gift card, make sure the card hasn’t been tampered with and that the value hasn’t been drained from the card. Never buy a gift card from a third-party website and beware of anyone who demands payment by a gift card.

Donation Scams 

Donation scams rely on phony websites that look like the real thing. Like the fake websites, be careful before clicking on any link that looks suspicious.

Travel Scams 

Everybody likes to go on a vacation, but if a travel offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. If you have just “won” a vacation but must pay a fee to redeem the winnings, watch out. 

Fake Holiday Ecards 

These could contain viruses, so make sure you don’t open any that you aren’t expecting and don’t provide any personal information to open these cards.

“The holidays are a hectic time. Make sure you take the time to ensure that each transaction, email or donation is safe and secure,” Commissioner Lyman Barnes said.

If you suspect you have been victim to a scam, please contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov.

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