Tips to avoid falling victim to holiday scams

 Tips to avoid falling victim to holiday scams

MISSOULA — It wouldn’t be the holiday season without scammers. And with supply shortages this year, it has become more important to do your research before purchasing items—especially online.

“So whenever we shop with our heart versus our head, we have a higher risk of being scammed,” said Roseann Freitas, Better Business Bureau PR and communications manager.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) found online purchases to be the number one source of fraudulent activity this year. And in Montana, online scams make up 46% of reported scams.

The BBB has some general guidelines to follow when shopping online. For one, look at the website’s address, or url. If it starts with “https” it is a secure site; the “s” stands for secure.

Also, look for grammar mistakes and see if there is contact information on the site. A phone number, address, or other verifiable information can show it is a legitimate business.

“One thing I always…

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