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Pattie Lovett-Reid: Be aware of online scams when Black Friday shopping

Pattie Lovett-Reid: Be aware of online scams when Black Friday shopping
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The countdown is on to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping bonanza. While these shopping specials originated in the U.S. on the first Friday after Thanksgiving, it s a pastime now adopted by many Canadian consumers and retailers alike.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe when shopping online this holiday season:

Stay away from websites that don t provide basic contact details, such as an address or phone number, and be on the lookout for spelling mistakes or obvious grammatical errors in the website s copy.

Only purchase from sites that have a URL that begins with "https" -- the "s" stands for secure and means it has a reputable payment system in place.
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