West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia consumers about the dangers of online shopping and reminding them to use caution as the holiday shopping season is upon us.
As the shopping season is typically defined as November 1 to December 31, many stores are busy the days after Thanksgiving with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
Morrisey laid out advice in a press release including that consumers limit their use of debit cards and be aware of fraudulent websites or coupons that resemble the real thing. He said to use credit cards instead of debit if there is a choice.
For online shoppers, Morrisey said consumers should watch for spelling mistakes, low-quality images and ensure URL addresses legitimately match the known retailer’s website. These tips will help consumers identify fraudulent websites or illegitimate coupon offers hastily created to steal money and personal information.