Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill offers tips to stay safe this holiday shopping season

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INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to be cautious while holiday shopping.

Scams and theft around the holidays, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are more prevalent than ever.

“Hoosiers must be cautious this shopping season when making purchases big or small,” Attorney General Hill said.

Hill is offering some tips to stay safe this holiday season. He says you should conceal your purchases in the trunk, secure your home deliveries, if a deal seems to good to be true, then it probably is, closely check the emails that you receive for holiday deals to make sure they’re coming from the companies they claim to represent and not from scammers, and protect your personal information. He also says don’t make purchases while using public WiFi.

And never make a quick decision to buy something because scammers try to pressure you into making those purchases.

Make purchases using a credit card if you can and always review your monthly statements for changes you don’t recognize.

If you’re buying a gift card, make sure you know the expiration date and the terms that apply to the card.

If you believe you’ve been scammed, file a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. A consumer complaint can be filed here or you can contact the Office of the Attorney General at 1-800-382-5516.

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(This story was originally published on November 25, 2019)

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