Online Shopping Practices Pose a Risk During The Holidays

Posted on 12/01/22

Holiday shopping, like most shopping these days, has moved online, and that poses unique risks, according to a new AARP survey. More than 75% of U.S. consumers reported that they had experienced some kind of fraud, and a similar share of consumers failed a 9-question safe shopping quiz.

A mysterious scammer hacks into private information through a computer and smart phone.

The AARP holiday scams survey also identified three specific threat areas.

Online Shopping Scams — Over 1/3 of consumers have experienced fraud when shopping online. 

Porch Pirates — 1 out of 4 people have had a package stolen from their porch. 

Gift Card Graft — 1 out of 4 people have given or received a gift card with a zero balance. 

More from the AARP Fraud Watch Network
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Learn how to prevent Online Scams
• Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877‍-‍908‍-‍3360 if you think scammers have targeted you or you think you are a victim of fraud.

Support for Fraud Victims
The AARP Fraud Watch Network offers AARP VOA ReST, a free program that provides emotional support for people affected by fraud. ReST sessions are online, an hour-long, in confidential small groups, and led by trained peer facilitators. Experiencing a scam can be devastating, but it doesn't have to define you. Interested? Visit to learn more.

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