With the Christmas shopping season hitting full stride, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is releasing the 2018 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide to assist shoppers.
It's as much a tradition in Florida as looking for the door-buster deals at all the various outlets.
The guide provides information about online identity theft, charity scams, item recalls and more.
The 2018 guide identifies some of the latest recalled products such as baby items, furniture, household products, sporting goods and toys that pose a risk to children.
The items are among the nearly 300 products recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission within the past year.
The guide also includes several state and national resources identifying more specific recall items.
Some of the tips in the 2018 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide include paying with a credit card instead of a debit card when shopping online. Both payment methods allow consumers to dispute a charge if the merchandise never arrives or is different from what was ordered. However, with a debit card, the purchase is already deducted from a bank account and it may take days or weeks for the bank to reverse the charge.
Other tips include making sure that a web browser is secure before submitting payment information. To identify a secure browser, look for a padlock symbol in the address bar.
Also, a timeless tip is to keep receipts and be sure to understand retailers' return policies and periods, so consumers can return any unwanted items for a full refund.
To access the holiday shopping guide, go to https://MyFloridaLegal.com.