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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.
“The holiday season, when people are busy and distracted, is when scammers act,” 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 them. 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:
“Shoppers who don’t monitor their transactions are often victims of cybercriminals,” Hoovler said. “Consumers should shop directly on business websites, not through links for deals or offers. Shoppers should continuously confirm that the website(s) they are using is secure.”
Once your online transaction is made safely and securely, Hoovler encourages residents to remain 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. “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 scams should immediately report it to local law enforcement. Anyone who thinks they may be a victim of fraud can call the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center at (877) 382-4357. For more information, contact Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Chuck Mitchell at 845-360-6703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.