Tips to Avoid Holiday Scams

Posted at 5:13 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 17:13:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Scams and identity theft are common during the holiday season, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself.

First, realize a sale price is not always the best price, make sure to shop around.

Also, beware of recalls. Before you even start shopping, find out what toys and products are on the list.

Know your rights when it comes to gift cards. Recent changes to federal law prohibit gift card issuers from enforcing certain fees and expiration dates on gift cards.

Be sure to check on return policies, especially before making a big purchase. It's also easier to get your money back if you use a credit card.

Finally, keep good records of everything you buy.