INDIANA (WEHT) – Attorney General Todd Rokita warns Hoosiers of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping scams this holiday season.

According to the Better Business Bureau, financial fraud and identity theft reports increase at this time of year, largely due to online scams. In 2021, the BBB revealed 35% of fraud reports were the result of an online scam.

“For many Hoosiers, the holiday season is about showing your family and friends how much you care through generosity,” AG Rokita said. “Sadly, these criminals view it as an opportunity to steal innocent people’s money and identities. I encourage everyone to be extra cautious while holiday shopping this year.”

AG Rokita issued the following tips to help Hoosiers shop safely:

  • If a product is advertised at an unbelievably low price that sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
  • Be extra cautious when booking through an unfamiliar company. Check the Better Business Bureau ratings and reviews of the company to see if there have been any allegations of scams.
  • The other party insists on immediate payment, or payment by electronic funds transfer or a wire service. They may insist that you pay up-front for vouchers before you can access a cheap deal or a giveaway.
  • The social media-based store is very new and selling products at very low prices. The store may have limited information about delivery and other policies.
  • An online retailer does not provide adequate information about privacy, terms and conditions of use, dispute resolution or contact details. The seller may be based overseas, or the seller does not allow payment through a secure payment service such as PayPal or a credit card transaction.

Officials say Hoosiers are encouraged to contact Attorney General Rokita’s office regarding any suspected scams or scam attempts. You can file a complaint online by visiting this website or by calling 800-382-5516.