ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Many of you could enjoy Christmas shopping in July.
It’s the start of Amazon Prime Day.
Whenever there is a big online shopping deal, it is usually when the scammers also try to take advantage of you.
Julie Wheeler, president and CEO of BBB Serving Western Virginia, advises not to get sucked into clicking on ads on your social media feeds or similar websites.
Make sure to double and triple check that you are on a legitimate site.
If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is and always pay with a credit card.
“You can dispute credit cards and you can dispute them before you pay them. If you make a debit card, you can also dispute it, but sometimes that money has already been taken out of your account and it can take a while to get it back. So credit cards add these extra protections if they don’t ship what they’re supposed to ship or it doesn’t work properly or they charge the wrong amount,” Wheeler said.
If there are images of an item that look fake, you can do a reverse image search to see if it is from another site.
“Every time you make a purchase, know the return policy. Each retailer can set their own return policy. They may or may not refund you or credit your credit card. They may only give you credit to use at in the future or they may have a restocking fee, so know that ahead of time so you can make an informed decision,” Wheeler said.
There are also other retailers that have deals to compete with Amazon Prime Day, so be sure to shop around.
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