Shoppers in search of holiday bargains need to use caution to ensure they won't end up scammed instead.
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six and his Consumer Protection Division launched a public education campaign Monday to increase consumer awareness as the holiday shopping season begins.
“This Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, it’s also prime time for consumers to get scammed,” Six said in a statement. “So many people are shopping—both at retail locations and online—it’s easier to get taken advantage of.”
Six says consumer complains increase between Thanksgiving and Christmas for several reasons. Among them are the sheer number of people buying so many things; the holiday rush; increased online shopping; and people not reading the fine print on items like warranties and refund policies.
“Throughout the holidays, my Consumer Protection Division will be working diligently to help Kansans be smart consumers,” Six said. “We plan to spread information on a variety of consumer topics to make sure Kansans have happy holidays this year.”
Six says his office will spend the next month educating people by promoting consumer tips, charitable giving tips and working with the media to provide consumer information throughout the holiday season.
“The more information we provide to Kansans, the fewer consumers will fall victim to unscrupulous businesses or scam artists this holiday season,” Six said.