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Attorney General's News Release

December 16, 2010

Attorney General's website offers tips for safe online shopping -- advises consumers on avoiding counterfeit goods, protecting their credit --

Jefferson City, Mo. - As online purchases peak with Christmas just a week away, Attorney General Chris Koster has posted tips on his website to help consumers avoid pitfalls of internet shopping.

"Online shopping is increasingly popular for its convenience, variety and easy-to-compare prices," Koster said. "But consumers need to be careful to avoid the dangers of web shopping, such as buying a counterfeit product or theft of their financial information."

Koster said illegitimate websites may appear legitimate due to corporate advertising, credit card acceptance and professional graphics. However, shoppers need to be careful as they evaluate what appear to be great deals on popular products. Information provided on the Attorney General's website discusses how to identify secure websites, how to watch out for fakes, and what to look for in an online retail site. The site also emphasizes the importance of being careful when ordering pharmaceuticals online.

The safe online shopping tips can be found at on the Attorney General site.

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