Holiday Shoppers Beware
Legislative column by Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua)
December 12, 2008
The holiday season is once again upon us, which means it’s that time of year to spend with loved ones. It is also a time to go holiday shopping – often the most stressful part of the season. In addition to the worries of acquiring the perfect gift for everyone on your list, there are also people out there who take advantage of this time of year to attempt to part you from your money through fraudulent scams or out-and-out theft, leaving you with an empty wallet. It is impetrative that everyone is cautious of such con artists. With a few simple steps, it is easy to ensure that your hard-earned money does not end up in the wallet of these holiday “Grinches.”
- Limit the amount of cash you keep on hand.
- Keep wallets and money in your front pockets or an inside coat pocket to reduce the chance of being pickpocketed.
- If you suspect your credit card was lost or stolen, call your issuer immediately.
- Be cautious of “all sales are final” purchases.
- If you are forced to shop at night, bring a friend or family member.
- Always save your receipts.