Oakland County Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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The season of giving is well underway and that means many of us are scouring newspaper ads and checking the web for the best deals on holiday gifts. Several shops and stores are offering deals and deep discounts that make shopping trips and online shopping easier on the wallet, but be sure to take precautions to keep you and your accounts safe!

See our tips on special sales events, online shopping, and brick and mortar shopping to ensure safe shopping this holiday season and throughout the year. Continue reading

Shop Safely with our Holiday Shopping Tips

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Thanksgiving is almost here and many of us will soon be scouring the newspapers and checking emails for the best Black Friday deals. After that, we’ll look forward to Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and even Giving Tuesday. Many shops offer deals and deep discounts that make shopping trips and online shopping easier on the wallet, but be sure to take precautions to keep you and your accounts safe!

See our tips on Special Sales Events, Online Shopping, and Brick and Mortar Shopping, to ensure safe shopping this holiday season and throughout the year!  Continue reading

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Tips

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After the Thanksgiving food comas, football, and family time, comes a weekend of shopping. Many stores offer deals and deep discounts that make shopping trips easier on the wallet, but make sure to still take precautions to keep you and your accounts safe! Use these tips to protect yourself on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as shopping throughout the year. Continue reading

Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

464263169 When shopping from home tonight (Cyber Monday), beware of online scams and malware-ridden links. Here are some tips to use when shopping online:

Online Shopping Tips

  • If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Go right to the source. If you get an email, text or social media link to a coupon or store special, don’t click the link. Type the website into your browser.
  • Look for https. Before you enter any credit card number, you should see https and a padlock on the website’s URL. This means the connection is encrypted.
  • Lower prices can cost a lot. Knockoffs, stolen goods on auction sites or gray market merchandise (manufactured for other countries), may be cheaper, but the warranty will not be honored and may not be up to stringent US safety regulations.
  • Classified ads can be risky. Merchandise could be stolen or not as promised.
  • Use only a credit card or well-established online payment systems like PayPal. Most Credit Card companies have fraud protection.
  • Lastly, check your credit card statement at the end of the day. Make sure it’s from a fresh browser session, not the browser session you were shopping with.

Use these tips for a safer online shopping experience this Holiday Season and throughout the year. Phil Bertolini Thank you to Oakland County, Deputy County Executive-CIO, Phil Bertolini, for providing these online shopping safety tips. Stay connected with Oakland County Government at www.oakgov.com, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.