Watch Out For Holiday Shopping Scams

By John W. Davis

November 19, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana's NewsCenter has a few tips from shoppers to avoid holiday shopping scams.

Researchers report nearly 1 out of every 3 people will shop on Black Friday.

Police want you to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

1. Never lay your purse or bag down, not even for one second.

2. Keep a close eye on your credit and identification cards.

"If you're using it in a store to where you have to hand it to an employee, make sure you hand it directly to him or her. Watch what it is they're doing with it and make sure you take it right from there hand. Don't let them slide it or put it on the counter top, to where people standing in line can see it," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz.

3. Park in well lit areas.

4. Try to park as close as possible to store entrances.

5. Have your keys ready when you are walking back to your car, because fumbling with your keys can make you an easy target.

6. Be leery of deals, or charities that seem too good to be true.

You can always check with the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Indiana if you have any questions at (260) 423-4433.


If crowds are not your thing, look for major online deals on Cyber Monday which falls on November 29 this year.

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