During the Holiday Season, we all become consumers as we purchase gifts for our loved ones. A consumer is any person who uses, purchases, or leases goods or services. Even in the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” it’s important to be wary of scams and deceptive business practices.


Here are some quick tips to avoid being victimized and the most popular scams around:

1. Be cautious of the deal that sounds “too good to be true.”
2. Stay away from high-pressure sales tactics.
3. Always ask questions!
4. Go the extra mile and investigate offers made to you as a contest winner.
5. Ignore the “once in a lifetime” offers.

Empty Gift Cards

More than 70% of Americans plan to buy gift cards for family and friends this season, according to a new AARP survey, which polled 2,842 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in November. Steer clear of posts on social media for gift card purchase offers. You should always buy gift cards that are behind the counter because they afford the most protection.


Be aware of emails that want you to click a link. These are the typical ‘phishing emails’ and links to copycat websites. You can be careful by checking for those small misspellings in the company name. You want Amazon, not Amason.

Porch Pirates

We all have become more accustomed to online shopping and this also comes with its dangers. If you’re an online shopper and know you will be home at the expected delivery time, be sure when ordering a product to require a signature for delivery so that it won’t be left outside.

Bogus Charities

We know you’re in the giving spirit, but keep an eye out for those who seek to take advantage of your charity. Do your due diligence to make sure you are not donating money to a bogus charity. Fraudulent organizations may try to trick you by having a name that is very similar to a legitimate 501(c)(3) group.

Whaley Law Firm wishes you and your family a Happy Holiday season and reminds you to be careful of those holiday Grinches!