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Ways to avoid scams this holiday season

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Tis' the season to be scammed. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a warning this week to caution shoppers about online shopping.

Last year, 25 million Americans used their cell phones to shop on Cyber Monday, but that can be very dangerous. Detective Jason Simpkins said you should be aware of fake websites. 

"Make sure it's reputable and has a physical address," he said. 

It's also better to pay with a credit card. Credit cards provide protections that other payment methods may not. Next on the scam list is charities.

"Research your charities, don't just give your personal information to people you don't know," Simpkins told Region 8 News. 

A charity will never ask for your banking account information. If you want to make a donation, you should call the organization directly.

It's also important to monitor your account activity, and if you suspect identity theft call the police immediately. The attorney general also warns against clicking on links that are posted on social media sites or emailed from an unknown person.

For tips on how to avoid being the next victim, visit the Arkansas Attorney General website.

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