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Updated: 12/02/2013 11:08:02AM

More tips for a fraud-free holiday

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Phyllis Schwartz

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In my column last month, I offered some suggestions for reducing the chances of becoming a victim or scams or frauds during this holiday season. When I read the column in print, I realized there were additional, equally important suggestions. They follow in no particular order of importance.

• If you are planning to shop online as more people are doing, resist making purchases from individuals or classified sites. The items could be stolen property, have already been used or abused or may not be delivered to you in a timely manner. If there is a problem, there is no recourse for getting it corrected. Especially in the case of electronics and appliances, manufacturers’ warranties might only be honored for the original purchaser. It’s wiser to purchase from known stores’ online sites.

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