Common Holiday Scams: Bogus Sales and Offers

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Provided by Prince William County Police

As you shop your way through the holidays, be wary of deals that seem too good to be true—they often are. But it’s not just purchasing products that pose a risk. Offers for services like credit repair or any other unknown sources that ask for your online credentials should be regarded with caution as well.


  • Stick to well-known retailers and providers and buy directly from them whenever possible.
  • Watch out for look-alike websites. Check the web address for anything out of the ordinary like rewording or extra or misspelled words. Always look for the lock icon or a URL that begins with “https” before you click “Buy Now.”
  • Be suspicious of debit- or gift cards-only payment options or requests for P2P app payments.
  • Consider creating an email account specifically to use with online purchases to keep track of electronic receipts and protect other sensitive data from potential hacks.



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