Beware of Online Holiday Shopping Schemes

Planning to skip the malls and shop online holiday season? The explosion of e-commerce in the last ten years has also given rise to online shopping schemes.

(Published Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017)

Planning to skip the malls and shop online holiday season? The explosion of e-commerce in the last ten years has also given rise to online shopping schemes.

Consumer Reports says if you’ve never heard of the site, do some research before you buy.

An escaped sheep led police on a wild chase in Massachusetts. The sheep escaped from the New England Rodeo and as officer tried to corral the animal it fled into the woods. The public is urged to contact the New England Rodeo if the sheep is spotted.

(Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018)

A good place to start is the Better Business Bureau where you can note any complaints. The BBB also says use extreme caution when ordering from a company whose existence can’t be verified.

Another good source of information: online user reviews. Type the name of the company and keywords ‘review’ and ‘complaint.’

Also be careful when making purchases on Craigslist or other virtual bulletin boards. The key to trust here is buy local. Craigslist advises never sending money to someone you haven’t met. And arrange any meetings in a public place. For instance in some towns the police departments designate a safe zone for such transactions.

Another scam can come in an email purporting to be from a delivery service like Fedex or the US Postal Service. It states you have a package and asks for personal information to enable delivery. Don’t give it. Legitimate delivery companies do not ask for this type of information. USPS will usually attempt delivery in person.

Dramatic video shows a car drive in reverse at the end of a police pursuit in south Los Angeles. He exited the vehicle and surrendered to police. Initial reports say the driver is wanted for a felony hit and run. 

(Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018)