Ten Tips to Avoid Black Friday Problems, from an NJ Lawyer
A guide to avoiding legal problems when holiday shopping, from a New Jersey lawyer:
- If anyone promises you anything about a product you are buying, get it in writing. An oral promise isn’t worth the paper it isn’t written on
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Get a good price comparison app, to make sure a store or site’s “sale” is really a sale.
- Check out your merchant with the Better Business Bureau before buying.
- Don’t ever sign anything you don’t understand.
- Look for the secure browser HTTPS lock symbol before you enter any sensitive data online. If it’s not there, or doesn’t look right, don’t enter your data.
- Don’t enter any sensitive data [like your credit card info] from public Wi-Fi.
- Get a good data wiping app for your smartphone, in case you lose it.
- Use strong passwords. 12 characters at least. Better 14. Nothing easy to guess. It’s best to mix in upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols.
- If you are not sure about something you are about to do, contact a good lawyer before acting. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Plus it’s a lot less expensive, in the long run.
More resources are available from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, here.
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