Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This woman was caught by an online scammer. We've got tips on how you can try to avoid that fate, and have a much more enjoyable shopping experience this holiday season.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Joe Petrie
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A Greendale woman was surfing the Internet Nov. 9 when her computer froze. The message that popped up was from the FBI, telling her she was looking at illegal movies and pornography, and needed to pay $300 to use her computer again. The woman, who lives in the 4500 block of West Ramsey Avenue, purchased a $300 Pak card from Walgreens and followed on-screen directions to send the information. But her computer remained frozen. The woman then called the Greendale Police Department, and officers told her she'd been the victim of an online scam. The above information was taken from police records of the incident. Scams like these are common and unfortunately, many fall victim to the schemes each year. With holiday shopping ramping up and “…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It's time to get your shop on, and rise of online shopping and Cyber Monday has given deal-hungry consumers some options.
With Thanksgiving occurring on the earliest possible day this year, the official holiday shopping season is as long as it can be. For years, the Friday following Thanksgiving — Black Friday — was the unquestioned king of that season. But the furious growth of the Internet has spawned Cyber Monday, an online shopping frenzy that grew 22 percent from 2010 to $1.25 billion in sales in the United States. It still pales in comparison to Black Friday, which last year generated $52.4 billion in sales, up from $45 billion in 2010. Many shoppers enjoy the early rising, elbow-to-elbow aisles and energy of in-person shopping on Black Friday, and the game-planning that goes with it. Others would prefer to sit in their home or office and cross off gift…
Monday, November 28, 2011
With an uptick in sales over last year in the malls, the focus for shoppers - and scammers - now turns to the internet.
While actual numbers are not in yet, estimates for Black Friday sales ranged anywhere from six to more than 16 percent over last years sales. As the crowds now head back to work, they don't necessarily stop shopping, and hence 'Cyber Monday' is born. While nearly everyone has a computer at home, many who don't want their kids or spouse to see what they're ordering do so on their work computers, in a big way. According to the National Retail Federation, seven in 10 online retailers expect their sales to grow at least 15 percent this holiday season. The survey also found that the average person plans to do 36 percent of his or her holiday shopping online – up from 33 percent last year. While shopping online means avoiding the crowds, but it …