ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Not to worry you or anything during what’s supposed to be the happy holiday season, but be aware that this time of year is also a happy one for scammers.
“The holiday shopping season is one of the most dangerous times for consumers to fall victim to scams,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “Many people ramp up their spending this time of year, and making sure that gifts arrive on time can put pressure on shoppers to leap into expenses before looking into whether businesses and their products are legitimate.”
So if you’re gearing up for the annual shopping extravaganza, whether it be an online or bricks-and-mortar approach, here are some tips to keep the scammers from celebrating – at your expense.
• The first order of business is to make sure your identity is secure so it’s not stolen. Shop only on protected websites that have an HTTPS designation at the front of the address. (The “s” stands for secure and means the transaction is encrypted as protection against hackers.)