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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler and Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Chuck Mitchell are urging residents to remain alert for internet and social media-based shopping scams as the holiday season kicks into full gear.
“It’s troubling to know that these types of scams often spike during the holiday season,” Neuhaus said. “While shopping online offers convenience and most companies are reputable, you could still become a victim. I want residents to be aware that we are here to help. If you have a question, concern or complaint, I urge you to contact our Consumer Affairs department, the District Attorney’s Office or local law enforcement.”
Mitchell offered the following tips for residents who shop online during the holiday season:
“Cyber criminals prey on shoppers who aren’t keeping a close eye on their transactions,” Hoovler said. “Consumers should shop directly on business websites, not through links for deals or offers. If you go to a specific website, you should make sure you are directed there. You should consistently confirm that the website(s) you are using are secure.”
Once your online transaction is made safely and securely, Hoovler said that residents should remain on alert. Packages are often stolen from doorsteps during the holiday season.
“Online shopping has increased and unfortunately so has the theft of packages,” Hoovler said. “We have seen an uptick of packages being stolen the past few weeks. Anyone who is a victim of this crime should call 911 or their local law enforcement agency to make a report.”
Consumers who have been victims of any scam should immediately report it to local law enforcement. For more information, contact Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Chuck Mitchell at 845-360-6703 or [email protected].