Illinois AG Raoul Warns Buyers, Beware of Black Friday and Cyber Monday E-Shopping Traps

Illinois AG Raoul Warns Buyers, Beware of Black Friday and Cyber Monday E-Shopping TrapsSource: Unsplash / Markus Spiske
Jo Marquez
Published on November 23, 2023

Shoppers alert! As the buying bonanza of Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaches, Attorney General Kwame Raoul has lit the beacon for Illinois buyers to stay vigilant in the virtual shopping aisles per reports from the official Attorney General's website.

While buyers are eager to snap up deals, Raoul warns that "Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest e-commerce days of the year," and that this feverish deal-hunting can expose shoppers to risks. After just one missed payment, some "zero interest" promises may spiral into fee-laden nightmares. He cautions savvy spenders to keep an eye out for interest charges, read the fine print, and understand the credit implications.

Attorney General Raoul, with visions of consumer safety. In keeping with the spirit of safe shopping, avoid remote access handovers to your digital device and sidestep suspicious software downloads that claim to make shopping a breeze.

Protecting private information is key, with Raoul articulating that consumers should guard their Social Security numbers as fiercely as their shopping carts. On the topic of payment, leaving the cash at home and sticking to credit cards is the way to go.

Beyond the savvy shopping strategies, Raoul advises cautious consumers to turn to multifactor authentication and to update passwords like seasonal wardrobes twice a year. Amidst the sale season's hustle, a moment of pause can shield you from scammers who are playing against the ticking clock of fleeting deals.

As shopping lists lengthen and digital baskets fill, staying alert and informed remains the golden ticket to a fraud-free holiday season. So says Attorney General Raoul, who, according to his office, reminds us that the best deals don't include a side of identity theft.