5 Tips To Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams

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We are inundated with advertisements this time of year. Retailers across the globe are trying to get our attention (and our money) by offering deals on items they think we may gift. There are the brands we all know and use, but then there are the smaller niche items that also may appeal to us.

Personally, I try to shop small when I can. I prefer Etsy to Amazon and local makers markets to malls. Shopping small is a great way to support individual and family owned businesses. Unfortunately, there are a plethora of less-than-honest quick resellers out there ready to take advantage.

So how do you keep yourself safe this year? Let’s take a look at a way to avoid shopping scams.

5 Tips

First, make sure you have a quality antivirus product. You really shouldn’t be on the web without one. As identity theft and ransomware attacks rise this year, it’s important to have a safeguard on your machine protecting you. PC Matic always recommends a default-deny approach. This is the basis of our protection and will keep you safe even from new and emerging threats.

Next, be cautious of where you’re clicking. Those targeted social media ads promise too good to be true prices on impressive items. If something is designed to make you click to find out more, then it’s probably set up to harvest your data or worse! I’ve purchased products from these ads before, they’re almost never as great as advertised. The measly monetary saving isn’t worth your data points.

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Third, purchase with a verified shopping service or credit card. PayPal’s dispute center is a bit cumbersome to navigate and does take forever. Credit cards offer almost instant returns on disputed items. They’re specifically set up to keep you safe. These may be a better option than a service that has a lengthy dispute process.

Never should you use your debit card, especially on a smaller site. If you have it listed in places like Amazon and Etsy, they do protect your data. I would be hesitant to input that information into a site of a brand or retailer I’d just learned of, however.

Fourth, make sure the site you’re shopping is secure. Look up in the address bar of your web browser for the little lock beside the address. If the lock isn’t there, err on the side of caution and avoid putting in any payment information.

Finally, you’ll want to keep the receipts for all your purchases. I have a folder in my email where the receipt for literally every purchase I’ve ever made is stored. There have been instances when I’ve had to provide that proof of purchase to dispute an item that was never delivered. Keep those handy and don’t rely on the site to have a copy of your order!

Holidays Handled

This year promises to be very different in the way we celebrate the holidays. While we’ve all been a little frustrated and perhaps suffering from cabin fever, we want to make sure to stay safe. Following a few common sense tips can be the difference between enjoying your gift giving and becoming frustrated with scams. Remember, when it doubt, just don’t put your information into the site.

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I hope you all have a joyous holiday season, and stay safe out there.

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65 thoughts on “5 Tips To Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams

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  10. We feel very secure with PC Matic protection and will continue to cautiously navigate the web. I never store credit card information when making purchases. Thanks for the tip to look for the “lock” on site for payments. Another tip for everyone — be sure to frequently check your debit card and credit card(s) for activity! Years ago we made a cash purchase at a gift shop in a tourist town and someone read my Discover Card number while I was in that shop, the card was in my pocket and this was before chips were inserted in the cards. They made a small purchase, the typical test before making a large purchase, which we noticed the next day. The credit card company immediately took action and cleared it all up immediately. Since then we only shop (in person or online) with a protected card OR we use a card with a very small limit (and protection, of course!) OR cash in person and leaving credit cards at home or in an RFD protected case. This year we’ll do more online shopping keeping PC Matic’s cautions in mind AND avoiding our debit card. Thanks again for the important tips! And you have top-notch Customer Service people!

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  19. My trouble is I have no liquid assets coming in to use. My entire Social Security check goes to rent. I have no employer. I’m over 65 and am self quarantined even though I’m 4 times negative for covid-19. basically, I m broke. No way to shop on line even though I got a so called experian suggestion of another 300 dollar limit Capital Obe credit card. I’ve been scammed once by E bay and once b PCH.com. That’s it.

    • Hi William,

      PC Matic will definitely protect you from any attempt to infect your PC Matic covered devices from malware, but we urge you use common sense tactics when shopping online. We can’t stop you from giving out personal information, which is why we want to help educate you on the best practices to stay safe.

  20. I used my credit card with Amazon and my card # was stolen and college kids used over $1,ooo on books and crap. We were covered by our card but they did not tell us if they caught the culprits. Make sure you always remove your card # after shopping on Amazon or Ebay or any sight. .Do not leave it on that sight for future use.

  21. Thank you for the information.
    I am very uncomfortable shopping on line. I do shop locally & especially small shops with a debit card for years. I will be getting a credit card.
    Thank you
    NoraLee

  22. We give our kids & Grandkids CASH. Never a problem of being hacked or card dropped when a supplier goes belly up. It also allows them to shop for big bargains after Christmas.

  23. Good Evening yes I have experienced this situation with my credit card I ordered something on my credit card and about a month ago someone took my credit card information and tried to get a large sum of money on my credit card and thank God my credit card institution called and email me to see if I authorized the purchase with that being said that was good and they credit card company had me destroy the card and issued me a new one right away.

  24. In Idaho, we experience some “invasion concerns” from callers on telephone landlines. Idaho is often a “test state” for numerous scams of all types and kinds. But we have an impressive reporting system with local police within our community. Also we have a new FBI installation located in our town (Pocatello) researching such electronic scamming within the state and nation.

    We have few to no reservations with our home computer use. We’ve had PC Matic, and continue to have for years…without the slightest problem during any time period. Their PC newsletter often provides outstanding information and practical tips to remain safe at all times.

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    Blessings!

    • Hi Kenneth,

      We deleted your phone number from this comment as you should never publicly post that information online. Please reach out to our Support Team for assistance with additional computers.

      Thank you!

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