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AG offers tips to avoid online holiday shopping scams

AG offers tips to avoid online holiday shopping scams

J.R. Oppenheim
November 13, 2017 11:28 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- With the holiday shopping season around the corner, New Mexico's attorney general urges people to be careful when making purchases online.

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The office of Attorney General Hector Balderas on Monday gave some tips on how people can avoid online shopping scams. A common scam involves soliciting credit card and other financial information in order to win a free gift.

"The holiday shopping season is one of the most dangerous times for consumers to fall victim to scams," Balderas said in a statement. "Many people ramp up their spending this time of year and making sure that gifts arrive on time can put pressure on shoppers to leap into expenses before looking into whether businesses and their products are legitimate."

His tips include:

  • Confirm a physical address and phone number for an online retailer for consumer complaints
  • Remember luxury brands at "extremely low prices" could be too good to be true
  • Avoid pop-up ads that could lead to computer viruses, spyware or malware
  • Avoid retailers who require payment through wire transfers or other "non-standard methods"

To file a consumer complaint, go to www.nmag.gov or call (505) 717-3500. There is also a statewide toll-free number at 1-844-255-9210.

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