Online Shopping Scams on the rise


Posted On: November 30, 2021

Chris Shirley
cshirley@navigatehousing.com

Online Shopping Scams are on the rise, according to the Better Business Bureau. The BBB warns cyber grinches are preying on millions of Americans who are shopping online. For a consecutive year, experts predict COVID-19 will fuel online shopping records. The National Retail Federation predicts two million more shoppers will buy online this year compared to last year.

With this in mind, the BBB shared these tips that will help keep you and your residents safe from online shopping scams throughout the holiday season.

Online Shopping Scams
  1. First, beware of false advertising and phony websites. Remember the old saying, “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Online shopping scams often involve dummy sites that look like the real thing. Make sure everything is spelled correctly. Check your browsers before you clear your carts.
  2. In addition to shopping on legitimate websites, shop with retailers you trust.
  3. Third, make sure your device’s anti-virus software is up-to-date. This will help protect shoppers from phishing scams.
  4. Again, check the price before you buy anything. Special offers can be disgusted as an online shopping scam. Experts suggest shopping around before you checkout could save you money.
  5. Check loyalty and rewards for special offers that could also save you money.
  6. Finally, read the fine print. Holiday offers sometimes expire and could impact exchanges and returns.

Online Shopping Scams: How to Report it

Anyone who suspects they are a victim of an online shopping scam can report it on the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker.

As you have important holiday discussions with your staff and residents this year, managers and owners, don’t forget HUD has holiday expectations for you as well.

  • First, any public decorations must be inclusive to all residents in your communities.
  • Second, management should be involved in any public holiday displays such as lobby or office decorations.
  • Finally, HUD has ruled certain Christmas displays like Santa and Christmas Trees are Secular and not religious. Click Here for decorations HUD does not allow during the holidays.

Health concerns often arise during the holidays as well; here are some helpful, healthy tips you can share with your residents on managing blood pressure and not overeating this holiday season.

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