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**CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Online Scams on Amazon Prime Day

10/13/2020

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
 
 **CONSUMER ALERT**
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Online Scams on Amazon Prime Day
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warns Floridians who are shopping online during Amazon Prime Day to beware of online scams and learn ways to protect themselves from fraud. Prime Day is a two-day online sales event that provides Amazon customers various discounts on a variety of products. To protect consumers while they shop online, CFO Patronis encourages consumers to follow tips from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for safe online shopping.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world and Prime Day is estimated to generate nearly $10 Billion in sales worldwide. While Florida consumers are shopping for deals online through Amazon or other online retailers, it’s imperative that you stay on guard for fraud and learn the warning signs of online scams. Over the last seven months, COVID has driven more screen time than ever before in our lifetime and fraudsters will do everything they can to take advantage of this increase in online activity. Always remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you are suspicious of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.”
 
BBB offers these tips for safe online shopping:

• Know the advertiser. Some of the best deals are only available online but be careful. It’s easy for a fake site to mimic a famous retailer’s website, so make sure you are shopping with a legitimate site. If the site is missing contact information, that is a red flag. Check out retailers at BBB.org before you shop.

• Check a site’s security settings. If the site is secure, its URL (web address) should start with “https://” and include a lock icon on the purchase or shopping cart page.

• Be a savvy shopper. When shopping online, be sure to take your time and read the fine print before submitting your order. Look for the return policy; although many online orders can be returned for a full refund, others have restocking fees. Some items cannot be returned; know before you buy.

• Protect personal information. Read a site’s privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. If a site doesn’t have a privacy policy, that’s a big red flag that it may be a scam.

• Think before you click. Be especially cautious about email solicitations and online ads on social media sites. Many sketchy retailers advertise great deals or trendy clothing that don’t measure up to the promotional hype.

• Beware of too-good-to-be-true deals. Offers on websites and in unsolicited emails may offer free or very low prices on hard-to-find items. There may be hidden costs, or your purchase may sign you up for a monthly charge. Look for and read the fine print.

To report fraud or learn about ways to protect yourself from scams, visit it at FraudFreeFlorida.com.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).