Black Friday Advice from a Lawyer

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  3. Get a good price comparison app, to make sure a store or site’s “sale” is really a sale.
  4. Check out your merchant with the Better Business Bureau before buying.
  5. Don’t ever sign anything you don’t understand.
  6. 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.
  7. Don’t enter any sensitive data like your credit card info from public Wi-Fi.
  8. Get a good data wiping app for your smartphone, in case you lose it.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Happy Shopping!

More resources are available from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, here.