November 26, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – With the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching, Attorney General Chris Koster today released tips for Missouri consumers to shop smart and safely.
"Many Missourians will take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on popular products," said Koster. "We want consumers to know that the Attorney General's Office will be working to ensure shoppers get the deals they are promised. Any consumer with a complaint should contact my Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222."
Koster offers the following tips for consumers who are doing holiday shopping:
For Cyber Monday shoppers and others who plan to buy gifts online, the Attorney General recommends taking precautions to ensure your transactions are secure. Shop with online retailers you know and trust. When entering credit card information, be sure that an "https" precedes the website address in your browser's address bar (the "s" indicates use of a more secure protocol). Many browsers will display a padlock icon when you navigate to a secure site.
Missouri consumers who suspect deceptive advertising or other unfair business practices should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-392-8222 or online.