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Fake retail apps, websites target holiday shoppers

Posted: 7:54 PM, Nov 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-18 05:23:10Z
It's crazy and chaotic, but there is no denying there are some good deals to be had on Black Friday and beyond.
 
Some retailers have already started advertising those deals, but scammers are also gearing up to take advantage.
 
Some have even set up look-a-like websites and fake apps in order to get your credit card information.
 
If you are considering buying from a website that is not from a traditional retailer, make sure to check it out first.
Rampant misspellings, poor grammar, vague return policies and unrealistic prices are a good indicator that the website you're ordering from is not legitimate.
 
In its holiday scam tips, the Better Business Bureau recommends only using your credit card on a secure website with "https" in the web address. 
 
Fake retail apps are on the rise too according to an article by the New York Post .
 
Some fake apps mimic the real thing while others are created for stores that don't have one.
 
To protect yourself, make sure the retailer that the app claims to be associated with actually offers an app. Also check out reviews, and see how long the app has been available. If reviews are bad and it is brand new--big red flag.
 
Like most everything else, being patient and doing a little research can save you a lot of money.
 
See even more ways to spot scams and find Black Friday deals during the Let Joe Know Facebook Live stream.
 
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