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Attorney General Jackley Provides Holiday Shopping Tips

PIERRE, S.D – The holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this year is no exception with the lure of pre-Black Friday deals and advertisements filled with one-of-a kind specials. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is again encouraging consumers to shop with care this holiday season.
Tips on Holiday Shopping:

• Check the refund and return policies for restrictions and exceptions
• When buying gift cards, check for fees and expiration dates that apply
• Read the fine print
• Double check delivery dates
• Review warranties
• Compare prices
• Check shipping and handling fees

Along with those traditional shopping methods consumers also need to proceed with caution when dealing with online retailers.

Online Shopping Tips:
• Consumers using the internet to find the perfect gift should avoid using email links. These links can appear to be from a known business, but may be coming from a different company altogether
• Use credit cards for online purchases. If there is a problem with the purchase it is much easier to dispute the charges
• Be leery of businesses who are offering deep discounts. If it sounds too good to true, then it likely is, so shop with reputable sellers

Smartphone Shopping Tips:

• Be sure your computer and mobile devices are current with all software updates
• Be cautious of social media scams including fake Twitter and Facebook pages. Stick to the sites that you are familiar with and do not click on unfamiliar links
• Research price comparison apps. There are many malicious mobile apps just ready to be downloaded
• Do not download apps from unknown sources

If you have any additional questions, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us