FREDERICK, Md. (KR) This holiday season the Better Business Bureau is advising shoppers to use caution before filling their online shopping carts with gifts. Public Wi-Fi, fake emails and website security are all important to be aware of before making a purchase.
Angie Barnett, with the Better Business Bureau, says fraudsters will do almost anything to steal information.
“There’s going to be charity scams, there’s going to be, you know, it’s a high demand and emotional time of the year. So, anything you can think of. Scam artist are going to be out there,” said Barnett.
She said buyers should always do research about a present before buying. If you are unsure about an email ad or a retailer’s deals, to go directly to their website to find the correct information.
“There are apps that you can download. Fat Wallet and Price Grabber, those are great apps that you can put in the item that you want and it will give you some of the various pricing. You want to do your homework, so you know the actual prices,” said Barnett.
Barnett said if shopping online, before submitting any personal information, make sure to look to see if a website has “HTTPS” before the web address. The “s” means it is secure.