- Ashley Moody released the 2022 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide on Tuesday
- The checklist includes tips to safeguard Floridians from holiday-related scams, fraudulent charities, recalled products and more
Attorney General Ashley Moody released on Tuesday the 2022 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide for Floridians ahead of the busiest shopping season of the year.
The guide contains information about holiday-related scams, fraudulent charities, recalled products and more.
Moody noted in a press release that scammers know that consumers increase spending during the holiday season and warned Floridians to be cautious when looking for special deals and gifts for family and friends.
“Scammers may use the occasion to prey on people buying gifts for friends and family,” Moody said in a video posted Twitter. “To protect Floridians, I’m releasing our 2022 Holiday Consumer Protection guide.”
The 2022 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide includes a list of items recalled by the U.S. Consumer Protect Safety Commission. In addition to the recalls, the guide contains tips about secure online shopping, information about charity scams and advice for preventing identity theft during the holiday season.
Some of the tips include:
- When ordering online, ensure a web browser is secure before inputting or submitting payment information. In the address bar, a padlock should appear to signify that a session is secure;
- Use a credit card instead of a debit card when shopping online. Credit cards allow consumers to dispute a charge more easily if an item never arrives or a fraudulent charge occurs;
- Keep receipts and be sure to understand return policies and deadlines to return unwanted items for a full refund; and
- Know the difference between tax exempt and tax deductible. A charitable organization that is tax exempt does not pay taxes, but this does not necessarily mean that a contribution is tax deductible. To check whether an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, visit Apps.IRS.gov/app/eos.
For more tips and information, access the full 2022 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide here.