The holiday season is about to be in full swing, and that means many people’s pocketbooks are more open than usual. The provincial government has issued some tips to make sure you are being safe while spending your money this year.
When shopping in person, government says to save your receipts and to check them for any overcharges.
As well, you should ask the retailer about their refund, exchange and re-stocking policies. Businesses have no legal obligation to accept returns unless they are defective and not sold as “all sales are final.”
In terms of online shopping, consumers are reminded to be vigilant of the information they share online, such as credit card details.
Look for “https” instead of “http” in the address bar of any payment pages when online shopping, as the “s” means there is a secure connection and there is less of a possibility of scams.
As well, this is the time of year when many charitable organizations are ramping up fundraising campaigns. If unsure of an organization’s intentions, contact them directly or check online to see if the charity is reputable and in good standing.