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Avoid holiday scams this season
As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy.
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‘Tis the season for excessive shopping and since many people will purchase their holiday gifts online, this is a good time to brush up on some internet safety tips. Here are a few reminders for protecting your personal and financial information while shopping online:
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Social media scams come in many shapes and sizes. Two fast-moving scams we've seen lately are fake ads on social media sites and promotions for phony genealogy sites. The goal with both is to steal from you, whether it's your hard earned money or your identity.
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Department of Commerce, announced today that the Utah Division of Consumer Protection is releasing its annual list of shopping tips ahead of Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail events to keep consumers safe and informed when making holiday purchases.  This year shoppers are ready to spend according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) who estimates 2015 holiday retail sales to hit around $630.5 billion, a 3.7 percent increase over 2014.  In cyberspace, Shop.org predicts online purchases to increase between 6 and 8 percent and states free shipping offers will draw consumers.
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