Experts warn against Black Friday scams
Fake ads, websites, charities and delivery emails can be used by scammers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Thousands streamed back into stores this Black Friday.
The National Retail Federation said over 166 million Americans will shop this weekend.
While more people are opting for brick-and-mortar since the pandemic, up 64% compared to last year, according to the National Retail Federation, many of us will also spend our bucks online this weekend.
But with great deals comes a great deal of risk.
Friday, FBI Charlotte tweeted out a reminder to check the validity of what you’re buying and where you’re buying from.
The AARP, a nonprofit assisting those over 50 years old, said to be wary of fake ads, websites, charities and even delivery emails.
Each can be a scam, but a spelling error or an unfamiliar email address can give them away. Experts also say any website that asks you to pay by gift card or wire transfer is probably a scam.
Lastly, you can always Google the company and fact-check offers to verify it’s the real deal.
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