Tips to avoid holiday scams

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November 18, 2011, 7:42 pm
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(NECN) – The holidays are full of family and good cheer, but they are also ripe with the possibility of scams.

Here to arm and forewarn us is Steve Weisman of Bentley University. He is the author of “The Truth About Avoiding Scams.”

In the news this past week, there was a story about large, popular and expensive restaurants scamming people who use credit cards to pay for their meals. It happened in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Weisman says we do need to be concerned and that people should be checking their credit card statements.

“The key is to try and follow your card, but it is tough to do,” says Weisman.

He acknowledges that you can’t do much except check your statement. It’s also another reason not to use a debit card, he says, because if there is a delay in finding a scam, your bank account could be empty.

Weisman says credit cards absolutely offer you more protection and they are the way to go.

He says pay attention for https: which stands for secure. Weisman says don’t trust online coupons because you don’t know if they are legitimate.

Watch the interview to get more tips on how to avoid a holiday scam.

Tags: credit cards, skimming, Bentley University, Steve Weisman, holiday scams, the truth about avoiding scams
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