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NORMAN — Last year, Black Friday sales skyrocketed to $59.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Amid the chaos and excitement of holiday spending, financial safety and common sense can be overlooked.
Keep track of your receipts. This may sound obvious but it can pay off in the long run. At the end of your shopping, compare your receipts to your online account transactions or your remaining cash. If you see a transaction on your bank statement not reflected in your receipts, contact the retailer when applicable or alert your bank to report fraudulent activity. Occasionally, retailers mistakenly apply a charge in error or double-charge an item.
Be aware of your surroundings. In any busy environment, it’s important to be aware of the activity surrounding you. With the hordes of people crowding and pushing on Black Friday, the environment can be ideal for someone looking to steal your belongings. Keep your purse zipped at all times or keep your wallet secured in your pocket. Do not leave belongings like phones and keys lying around. If you have a smartphone, use a screen lock to protect personal data should someone get hold of your phone.
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