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December 19, 2015

There are Sweet treats for everyone at Annie B’s

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Warning: When expecting a delivery from Annie B’s Popcorn & Caramels, be on the lookout for its arrival and hide the goodies before your family sees them. That rule applies only if you plan of gifting some of the tasty treats Annie B’s has to offer. My husband dug into the Classic Assortment Popcorn Tin before I had a chance to hide it. Caramel, sharp cheddar and lightly salted white popcorn are the flavors in this elegant silver tin can and the cheddar was just about gone when I caught him eating it. Fortunately, the plastic bags inside the tins are resealable so they will stay fresh for months. Annie B’s Classic Assortment Popcorn Tin is a two-gallon silver tin which contains 3 varieties (7.5 oz each), and the flavors are delicious. The sharp cheddar popcorn contained in our assortment is popped in coconut oil and then carefully coated with savory cheddar flavoring and is both sweet and salty.

Considering how fast my husband was eating it I could see it was a hit.  Annie B’s popcorn is gluten-free, made with non-GMO popcorn and is handcrafted in small batches in a nut-free facility. The popcorn stays fresh for months from the date of manufacture with normal storage conditions. Trust me, you won’t have a propblem keeping this delicious popcorn around more than a month. Just in time for the holidays, the Tin is adorned with a “Happy Holidays” label, it’s just so pretty.

 

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If popcorn is not on your gift list then consider a Polka Dot Gift Bag filled with Annie B’s Caramels named the Holiday Favorites Mix. This delightful treat bag contains 20 caramels which include 7 pumpkin spice caramels, 7 peppermint caramels and 6 chocolate raspberry caramels. Annie B’s Caramels are slow-cooked in copper pots, just as they have been since 1978. Annie B’s Caramels are made using only natural ingredients including butter, brown sugar and condensed milk. These delectable caramels are gluten-free and are also made in a nut-free facility.

Annie B’s carries a wonderful assortment of popcorn, caramels and chocolates available in different types of packaging. Annie B’s treats make sensational gifts not just for the holidays but for any occasion. At Annie B’s wesite find the closest location where Annie B’s treats are sold near you.

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December 18, 2015

CROSS Pens are Timeless gifts for all occasions

cr41201-cross-botanica-red-hummingbird-vine-ballpoint-pen_p1-1I think there is something very special about writing with a Cross pen. Maybe it is because one of the most thoughtful gifts that I remember receiving was a Cross pen from a teacher upon graduating 8th grade. It was engraved with my name on it and I still have it today. Can you believe 40 years later, I still have that pen? I don’t use it anymore, it is a keepsake now but that is the wonderful thing about receiving a cross pen, they are cherished forever. A Cross pen is truly the gift that will last a lifetime. I have continued the tradition of gifting Cross pens to graduates, on birthdays and on Christmas, they are the perfect gift for every occasion.

Cross has some incredible collections,  one of which is in the Botanica Collection. 6 beautifully crafted pens that I know my daughters will love are featured. As stated by Cross, these elegant pens are “Inspired by the beautiful floral patterns used in henna designs, Botanica is sure to captivate. Eye-catching colors are used to artfully illustrate three lush floral designs on pearlescent ivory lacquer. Tendrils of deep-etched metallic highlights bring the layers together, creating an element of depth and dimension. Like nature itself, Botanica is at once elegant, whimsical, and boldly original.” I know when my girls receive their Cross pen, it will be cherished.

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Have you been listening to all the BUZZ lately over the new Start Wars movie? You might want to think about gifting a  Star Wars pen which Cross recently introduced. There are 3 pens in the series and each features a themed character emblem and detailed designs that are absolutely spectacular. These gel ink pens are available in Storm Trooper (shown above) CP3O and Darth Vader all with a “click mechanism”.  They are designed with a smooth-flowing gel ink technology. Make your gift even more spectacular by choosing a Star Wars pen from the Jot Zone Line. The gift set is shown above with a pen shown in a coordinating character-themed gift box. This medium sized journal is made of a high-quality leatherette finish containing 160 lined acid-free pages. If you know a Star Wars fan, this pen and gift set is a must have for their collection.

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I do want to tell you about another special pen, one that has a cause, the Cross Limited Edition Fonderie 47 Peerless Fountain Pen.  CROSS has partnered With Fonderie 47  “To Stop Gun Violence In Africa”. I was touched to read that proceeds from this extravagant pen will enable the destruction of 10 more assault weapons in Africa helping to save human lives.

These pens are extremely special as stated by Cross, “CROSS has created only forty-seven of these limited edition fine writing instruments. The series’ signature is a disk of blackened steel from a melted-down, AK47 which is embedded in the cap and marked with the Fonderie 47 logo. Additionally, the center band that encircles its 18 KT, gold-filled barrel bears the unique serial number of the gun taken out of circulation in Africa to create it. For purposes of authenticity, each fountain pen is also engraved with a CROSS limited-edition number, representing each pen’s unique number in the limited series of forty-seven pens.”

The features of the Fonderie 47 Peerless Fountain Pen are exquisite with;

A disk of blackened steel from a melted down AK47 embedded in cap

An 18KT gold filled/rolled gold with an elegant fluted engraving pattern with a wide nib made of 18 Karat Solid Gold

The Center band on barrel shows unique serial number of gun taken out of circulation

Included is a keepsake box with a romance booklet and acrylic pen stand etched with the Fonderie 47 logo. A Certificate of Authenticity signed by Peter Thum, Fonderie 47 founder and the Cross designer is featured. Remember, there are only 47 in circulation and if you want to be part of this amazing charity you must act fast.

Cross pens and their collections are available cross.com and it is not to late to add a pen to your gift list.

 

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December 18, 2015

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes one day sale up to 60% off & FREE overnight shipping from Reef

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Dr. Scholl’s has three holiday sales! Information for each is below, no code is needed for any of the sales:
  • One-day sale on 12/19 featuring 60% off boots and slippers
  • 50% off shoes, boots and slippers (beginning on 12/26)
  • Free shipping to ring in the New Year (12/31)

One of Lisa’s favorites:

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There is also a special from REEF…

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Overnight free shipping from 12/19-12/21 when using code 1DAY
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December 18, 2015

It’s a Glam Thing Lifestyle & DIY Expert YouTube Series Sneak Peak

Watch, Subcribe and Like It’s a Glam Thing and Julee Ireland YouTube channels for the latest trends in Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and DIY videos!

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December 17, 2015

Sky Princess Studios and IAGT DIY Expert & TV Personality Julee Ireland Launch YouTube Series

Turn and old clock into festive holiday home decor!

Westlake Village, CA – Sky Princess Studios and award winning producer, Jenna Winters, announced today the launch of DIY Expert, Television Personality & Author, Julee Ireland’s weekly DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Instructional Video Series. Each week Julee will demonstrate simple lifestyle do-it-yourself projects from her own home that cost fewer than twenty-five dollars to make derived from her book series or from things that simply inspire her everyday. With over twenty-five years of design and DIY craft experience, she teaches viewers how to tap into their own creativity to make craft magic happen!

When Jenna was asked what captivated her most about producing the DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Series, Jenna responded, “I love Julee’s unique approach to crafting and her fun-loving personality. She is down to earth, funny and really teaches what she preaches. With the camera rolling she amazes me with her ability to think on her feet and take something she finds in her refrigerator or garage and literally transform it into something beautiful to display in your home in just a few minutes. It really is DIY on the Fly! I never know what craft project she is going to whip up next so she keeps me on my toes.”

Julee uses her experience and creativity to inspire others to turn unused items otherwise tucked away in cabinets, closets or the garage that are left collecting dust into something new. Her series will cover everything from do-it-yourself home décor, gifts, parties, tablescapes, kids crafts, weddings and so much more! The weekly series will keep you entertained while learning how to craft simple budget-friendly projects from the comfort of your own home.

When we asked Julee what inspired her to write her books and launch her own You Tube channel, she said, “When I was a young girl my family did not have a lot of money so I learned early on to use my imagination and hands to make things. It truly was my greatest gift because if I wanted new clothes for my Barbie doll for instance, I didn’t have money to buy them. I had to make them. It was in those moments that I discovered my passion for designing, creating, and crafting anything I could conceive. It’s so gratifying to take a vision formed in your head and bring it to life. I believe everyone has the ability to create something beautiful; they just need someone to open up their heart, mind, and spirit to discover what lives within them. I am also really passionate about people. I want to use my talents to reach the masses and inspire others to put down their phones and tablets for a minute and use their imagination. Crafting is so much fun and it teaches you to think-outside-the-box. My book series and YouTube channel are opening the door for me to achieve my bigger dream of inspiring others!”

For more information contact Jenna Winters, Sky Princess Studios, Producer @ jenna@skyprincessstudios.com or Lisa Cocuzza, Public Relations @ 818-795-6449 / lisa@itsaglamthing.com. Visit Julee Ireland on You Tube to view her channel or visit her websites to learn more @ www.juleeirelanddeisgn.com , www.juleeireland.com and www.itsaglamthing.com . Visit Amazon.com to purchase DIY on the FLY Under $25: Monogram Home, in paperback or the kindle version

About Julee Ireland:

Julee Ireland is a true “jack-of-all-trades”. She is a Mom, Designer, TV Personality, Author, Lifestyle and DIY Craft Expert. She began her career as a fashion designer, making custom clothing for celebrities, athletes and notables including Bill Gates! Julee eventually transitioned into a renowned interior designer working for several of the largest homebuilders in the US. In 2009, she created and successfully launched her own Julee Ireland greeting card business along with the Julee Ireland organic bath, body, soap and candle brand. Julee is also the creator of the Kym Douglas Beauty Bib, featured on television’s Ellen show.

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December 17, 2015

looking for Stocking stuffers? look no further

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Pura Naturals® Activated Charcoal & Tea Tree cleansing pads are perfect for both his and her stockings. These botanically infused cleansing pads really do the job. Just ask my husband who says after using the pads, his face is squeaky clean, just how he likes it. They exfoliate quite well and the pads are not abrasive at all.  Simply add water to active the pad. You can use the pad over and over again until the soap has all been dissolved.  Pura Naturals® Activated Charcoal & Tea Tree cleansing pads are designed to extract impurities and oil from your skin. They are also infused with shea butter, jojoba, and cocoa butter (No petroleum by-products are used in their products).  The neat thing about this sponge if the foam technology that doesn’t leave the sponge soaking wet – just squeeze to remove excess water so it dries quickly inhibiting bacterial growth. I wouldn’t mind finding a 3-PK in my stocking.   puranaturals

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A 1.7 oz can of Lanza Keratin Heating Oil Hair Plumper  spray is the perfect stocking stuffer and the perfect size to carry in your purse or gym bag when your hair needs a little “Pick-me-up”. I especially like using this spray in the morning because there is no added buildup of spray, and my hair goes from frump to plump in no time. I find spraying my hair with Lanza Keratin Heating Oil Hair Plumper then adding a little water to my hair works like a charm.

 

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Treat yourself to a little luxury with goodies from Savannah Bee Company. The Royally Majestic Gift Set (shown above) includes three luxurious honeybee inspired gifts in convenient travel sizes and perfect for stocking stuffers. The Body wash is so soothing on your skin, and the body lotion smells divine. I love the lip balm, and I am using it right now! Savanah Bee products are made with all natural essential oils. There are  no parabens, no petroleum-derived ingredients, and are never tested on animals.

Savannah Bee Majesty Gift Sets are available in three signature scents, Blackberry Rose, Tupelo Honey, and Lemongrass Spearmint, order your set today at savannahbee.com

 

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It’s never to late for your nails look sinfully beautiful during the holidays and beyond. Nail polishes from Sinful Colors are a perfect stocking stuffer and will fill all the empty spaces. My girls can never have enough sinful colors.  View the entire collection at their website and choose your holiday colors. New Years is right around the corner, and I think your nails should look sinfully beautiful! sinfulcolors.com

 

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December 17, 2015

A Celine Handbag at Bergdorf Goodman….Definitely!

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This is one of my favorite things, a Celine Handbag and I found one while Browsing Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. You won’t find this baby at their website; you must see it in the store. It is gorgeous and I hope to have my own Celine one day!

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If you are not shopping handbags, you must stop in and see the elegant Christmas decorations, they are breathless. It’s always fun shopping in NYC, especially during the holiday season. Don’t let the crowds stop you from having an amazing time.

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December 16, 2015

Have you entered to win?

Hi everyone, remember to enter to win the December It’s a Glam Thing Beauty Box. The entry form is here:

http://itsaglamthing.com/giveaways-form/

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December 16, 2015

Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List

I love the holiday season like most because I get to decorate every inch of my home inside and out, wear pretty dresses and give gifts to others! I put a lot of thought into gift giving and I am always on the hunt for the most unique gifts that help to simplify life or bring hours of enjoyment to the person on the receiving end.  I had the pleasure of sharing some great gifts on the Good Things Utah show with Michelle Money. Here are some of my favorite holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone on your list!

  1.  Max Mirani Move Mobile Closet is the perfect gift for the Jet Setter in the family!
    The Move Mobile Closet is a carry-on approved suitcase that serves as your complete mobile wardrobe. It has an adjustable shelf system that neatly
    stores shirts, pants, skirts and more. It has special pockets for undergarments, ties, and accessories with a separate toiletry, shoe and garment bag that
    zips-out and goes straight from your suitcase to your closet. The Move Mobile Closet is 2 carry-on’s in one. The entire wardrobe system ingeniously
    zips-out to become a separate shoulder tote leaving the shell empty for packing spontaneous purchases. This patented feature nearly doubles the
    capacity of the suitcase in seconds and gives you two carry-on’s in one.
    The eye-catching suitcase comes in several sizes, styles and colors with a 4-stage telescopic handle and four 360° swivel wheels making the MOVE
    ultra-maneuverable in the narrowest of airplane aisles. The lightweight and durable shell is created using German-made 100% Pure Polycarbonate
    resins, the same material used to make bulletproof glass. The Move Mobile Closet truly brings new meaning to the words “living out of a suitcase,”
    and has quickly become a favorite accessory of business travelers, professionals, and celebrities. Price starts at $150 for briefcases and up.
    Available at: www.maxmirani.com
  2. Instax Share Smartphone Wireless Printer is the perfect gift for teens and photography enthusiast!
    Polaroid cameras are still all the rage and now you can create and print perfect Polaroid photos right from your smart phone! Just download the Instax
    Share app to your phone, load the Fuji Instax Film into your printer and you are ready to go. It works with an android or iPhone and offers added
    features to spruce up your photos such as filters, design templates and date time stamps. This mini printer is easy to use and allows you to print the
    perfect photo to capture and document all of life’s special moments. This little printer packs hours of enjoyment! Price range from $140 and up.
    Instax Share Smartphone Printer
    Available at: Michaels.com and most major retailers

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  1. Peter Pauper Press Coloring Books and Pencils are the perfect stress relieving gift for Mom and Dad!
    Who says coloring is just for kids? The latest trend to hit the store shelves is adult coloring books. Peter Pauper Press has introduced their “Not Just
    For Kids” line of coloring books. Studies reveal that coloring books are a great stress reliever and the perfect way to get away from our phones,
    tablets and computers to get back to basics! So pick up a crayon, colored pencil or marker and allow yourself to be transported back to the carefree,
    relaxed feeling of childhood play. Price range $7.99 and up.
    Available at: www.peterpauperpress.com and retailers across the country
  2. Hover Board is the latest trend and makes the Perfect Gift for the Entire Family!
    The future of personal transportation has now arrived! The Hover Board has quickly become the latest craze for people of all ages. This eco-friendly
    electric vehicle is the newest mode of transportation that boasts up to 10 m.p.h. and can go up to 12 miles on a single charge depending on the brand
    or model that you purchase. If you can ride a bike, ski or skate then you can master the Hover Board. The Hover Board is something the whole
    family can enjoy together and it’s also the perfect way to ride around campus or town. Prices range from $300 and up.
    Available at: www.theproductconnection.com
  3. What would any holiday or event be without a little good old fashioned humor?  I love to laugh and have a good time so when I discovered the selfie-elfie                                                                                                                                                                                       I had to have it! I can’t wait to give this to my family as a group gift at Christmas.  I plan on taking it with me on our travels and getting lots of selfie’s! Price: $12.99                                                                                                                                                        Available at: Amazon.com

Make your own unique handmade gift! DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland – Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray is the perfect gift for your girlfriend!
It is easier than you think to make this beautiful handmade gift! You can use new or vintage items the choice is yours. Get creative and don’t be
afraid to mix color, texture and shape. I love to use plates or candlesticks that I find at the dollar store, thrift stores, neighborhood garage sales or by
sifting through my own cabinets. You can make something beautiful to give as a gift without spending a lot of money.

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DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland - Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray

 

DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland – Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray

Supplies: Three plates (glass, china or plastic) or two plates and one small bowl in varied sizes, shapes and color
that appeal to you. Two small candlesticks that coordinate with your plates or your plates and bowl. Heavy-duty
glue gun.

Step One: Start by putting your largest plate on the bottom and use your glue gun to glue one candlestick in the
middle of the bottom side of your plate.

(Note: you can also put your plate down and begin by gluing your candlestick in the middle of the top of your plate. Both ways work.)

Step Two: Glue your middle size plate to the top of the candlestick. Now you should have two tiers to your
jewelry/serving tray.

Step Three: Glue your second candlestick to the middle of your plate and then glue your small plate or bowl to
the top of the candlestick to complete your third tier.

Step Four: (Optional) You can glue a small knob or a cut wooden dowel to the center of the top of your small
plate or bowl to use as a ring holder or as a handle to easily rotate your multi-use tiered jewelry and or serving
tray in a circle.

Have fun and send me photos of your creations so that I can post them on my blog! Happy Holidays!!

Julee

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December 15, 2015

Top Holiday Scams & How to Avoid Them

 

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By: Justin Lavelle, BeenVerified.com

The holiday season is in full swing and with it brings a time of happiness and joy, travel, family time, decorating, and shopping. Unfortunately, it also brings with it the possibility of holiday scams. Thieves are on top of their game over the holiday season and consider it a primte time to scam people who are busy and distracted, shopping more than usual, receiving multiple deliveries to their homes and are away traveling to see friends and family. Thieves also prey upon people who are feeling more giving and susceptible during this time of year.

Don’t leave yourself open to a typical scam going on this holiday season. Get ‘in the know’ on the top holiday scams and how to avoid them with the below tips.

  • Limit Email List Sign Up—As for those hundreds of email lists you’ve signed up for to get the first time purchase discount, don’t discount what a dedicated thief can do with just those limited pieces of information. Only sign up for lists from vendors you trust and frequent regularly.
  • Invest In A Shredder—While the new generation of data breaches that have afflicted companies and consumers alike seem to exist in a world of high-tech software, there are some hardware solutions that can help prevent hackers from getting a leg up on you. Ensure that all bills, bank statements and even presorted junk mail with your name on it gets thoroughly destroyed before being thrown away. Many scams still revolve around obtaining your info through traditional pieces of mail. Better yet, opt out of credit card junk mail and switch to paperless billing with all of your bills. It will save trees and give identity thieves less of an opportunity to make you a mark.
  • Make Sure Your Online Romance is More ‘White Christmas’ and Less Holiday Scam Artistry—scam artists know that people are typically lonelier around the holidays without family or a partner and may be more vulnerable, leaving themselves open to online dating scams. Due to the anonymity of the internet, lying and scamming can be incredibly easy. They play on emotions to get money, gifts and personal information. If you’re not careful, you could get scammed out of your time (and feelings) or even money. Always insist on photos (more than the profile photo which could be fake). Ask for specific details about their life and look for inaccuracies and avoidance in answering questions. Beware of people who express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time. Never send money or give personal information to anyone.
  • Beware Of Gift Delivery Theft—You’d be shocked by how many packages are stolen from the doorstep of homes in busy neighborhoods during the holiday season. With tons of packages arriving and sitting on your doorstep while you’re at work, they make a tempting and easy target for thieves. If you live in a city or high-foot traffic area, consider an Amazon Locker or send your packages to your office or with a neighbor you know will be home during the day.
  • Deter Potential Holiday Time Burglars—Holiday travel leads to empty homes and an increase in home burglaries. According to the FBI, nearly 400,000 homes are burglarized each year during the holiday season. And they aren’t just after what’s under the Christmas tree, they also want jewelry, electronics, guns, phones, and cash. Take some common sense steps to deter thieves. Have a neighbor you trust check in on your home. Consider investing in a home security system and a lighting system that will alternate your lights to give the appearance of people being at home. Buy inexpensive window locks and make sure your front doors and door leading to the garage are locked at all times, most homes are broken into during the afternoon hours.
  • Don’t Fall Prey To Charity Fraud—The season of giving is also the season of taking to a thief. Charity fraud is common this time of year. Use a website like Charity Navigator to research charities and their legitimacy. Don’t be afraid of giving, just use caution and check out ones you aren’t familiar with.
  • Protect The Elderly From Scams—Unfortunately, the elderly tend to be a target for scam artists year round but they prey on them during the holidays. Older folks sometimes spend holidays alone and find themselves more lonely and vulnerable. This is the perfect entry for a scammer. They may call them with a need to send money for an emergency, allow them into their homes, or fall for ‘special sales.’ Help prevent this by talking with elderly family, friends and neighbors and remind them to be wary of these types of scams.
  • Get Key Information From Private/Unknown Sellers—Before you buy your holiday gifts at a great deal from a private seller (such as on Craig’s List) ask for their key identifying information such as full name, address, phone number, etc. With multiple pieces of information, you can cross reference the data on a search and make sure they match up. This will give you the confidence that if something goes wrong with the sale, you’ll have some way of connecting with the seller.
  • Due Diligence When Dealing With Small Merchants—If you’re dealing with a small merchant, you can verify the person is associated with the business by doing a search and connecting their DBA or LLC with the individual’s name. Just confirm the business name and location with the individual who is emailing you. Sometimes you can track their area code back to their area of business as well to help confirm it’s legitimate.  Consider the customer service options the website offers. Check a company’s reputation with the Better Business Bureau, look at review sites, or even search a retailer’s name along with “scam” to see if it checks out. The BBB is also a valuable tool to learn about new scams circulating.
  • Avoid Online Shopping in Public Places With Wi-Fi—Although coffee shops, grocery stores and other public places may have convenient internet connections, they’re often not secure which could allow someone else to easily access your information.
  • Be Aware Of 3rd Party Companies Tracking Your Online Habits—These companies use data collecting tools and assemble info. into databases in order to sell the data (in addition to shopping habits, gender, age info., they can even locate our physical address via your computer’s IP address. These databases also hold information on personal questions we Google-health, relationship issues, etc.). Basically they are selling our demographic information combined with our habits. Prevent this by clearing out your cache, turn off cookie trackers so sites won’t remember you, apply privacy blockers, and select a service that masks IP addresses.
  • If An Offer Looks Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is—This probably goes without saying, but be wary of random links or emails that have unbelievable offers as it could be malware to steal their credentials when they log into banking websites later on. Also beware of door-to-door sales. Fake notifications about package delivery problems are common during the holidays also.
  • Go with Your Gut Feeling—Always use common sense, your intuition, and public data to help inform your decisions during the holiday season and enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Credit

Justin Lavelle is BeenVerified’s social media and blogging content director. BeenVerified was founded in 2007 by Josh Levy and Ross Cohen with a mission to help people discover, understand and use public data in their everyday lives. BeenVerified allows individuals to find more information about people, phone numbers, email addresses and property records which, in turn, helps them prevent becoming a victim of common holiday scams. Visit them on Facebook, Twitter and on their blog.

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