Protect Your Self Before You Wreck YourSelf: How to Avoid Holiday Shopping Email Scams.

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This is the no judgement zone, so if you are out shopping on Christmas Eve, more power to you. One thing you shouldn't do (and I WILL judge you for this) is rush around like a crazy person. Why? You are more suceptible to online shopping SCAMS. If you are reading this in a mall/store/in the car on your phone, sit down- take a breath, read through this two minute read SLOWLY. It could prevent future data breeches, compromised bank accounts or fraudulent purchases. Check it: 

Scam #1: The shorter browser on your email:

The scenario: According to PayPal 80% of US shoppers will use a mobile device this season to purchase items- add in shopping frenzie and it’s a recipe for confusion.

Watch for: shorter URLs when going to retailer sites or those that end in an odd domain (.XT .TIN etc)

Protect yourself: Go directly to the retailers app in order to purchase. It’s a protected environment and makes the margin of error smaller.

 

Scam #2: The FedEx email.

The scenario: December 20th is the deadline for two-day shipping and December 21st is the deadline for overnight- again this is playing into the consumer’s need to get things out and delivered.

Watch for: Subject line that says “FedEx Delivery Problems Notification” email asks recipients to open an airbill that’s attached.

Protect yourself: DO NOT OPEN THAT ATTACHMENT that could be a virus! Instead: look on your receipt and call Fed Ex. Give them the airbill number you have and confirm that way. Also Fed Ex will not send you an email if there was a problem delivering- they let the recipient know by putting something on the door or will send it back.

 

Scam #3: The Bogus App

The scenario: You may want to get that last minute deal, and there is an “app” that promise that- the problem is, it’s a ruse to get your personal and private information.

Watch for: Misspellings in apps,  bad grammar no reviews, odd art that doesn’t look legit.

Protect yourself: Download apps from the Apple store or a trusted site. Reviews are KEY.

 

Scam #4: Insecure Network Connections

The scenario: you are in area where you are connecting to wi-fi in order to make a purchase on your phone, however you are using an insecure connection leaving your personal information vulnerable.

Watch for: a warning it’s an insecure wi-fi connection OR a site that doesn’t have HTTP in front of it.

Protect yourself: ONLY shop on sites that have the HTTP in front. Further, if you get a coupon notification asking for credit card info in exchange for free merchandise, that is ALSO A SCAM!

Need a visual? Check out the segment I did with Erica Hill this week on this topic below! 

Under Pressure: Last Minute Shopping Tips to Save your Sanity.

TFW we think we are organized AF/top of our game until we realize we have THREE MORE PRESENTS TO GET. 

TFW we think we are organized AF/top of our game until we realize we have THREE MORE PRESENTS TO GET. 

I know our community well and can therefore say with 99% certainty, we are all done with shopping. Further, we pretty much ready to move on dot org to 2018 STAT. If you are new, just reading this or for some odd reason have procrastinated until the last second, I gotchu. Check out the segment I did on Inside Edition re: Black Friday shopping tips that still apply now! - HH

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In March of 2016 I had the insanely awesome opportunity to address the esteemed members of the Women's Jewelry Association's "In the Know" at their annual meeting. In my keynote speech, I discussed the state of the economy when it comes to making luxury purchases. Check out my predictions.

#CATURDAY: When your cat crashes your TV interview.

We've all seen what happens when your kids adorably crash your live TV interview, but what happens when your cat (who is like your baby) crashes your TV talk session? It happened to me way too often when Ferocious the cat was alive- and you couldn't help but laugh. A late post/homage to the best cat in the world for #Caturday. I hope she is somewhere warm and happy plotting the next TV takeover. 

Retail Analyst And Chief Research Officer of H Squared Research finds out what happens when her cat Ferocious crashes her interview on OWN Network January 2015.

#LOTW Skull n' Crossbones

Hitha Herzog in a black dress, black skull sweater, and black heels and purse.

No I'm not on my way to a funeral—this is a standard New York City uniform! While black on black can seem risky or bland, make it unique by adding surprising elements and textures. I picked this Alexander Wang sweater with skull trim to give the girly dress more of a downtown vibe. Black Louboutins with criss cross straps to keep the entire look elevated. Add my trusty Fendi bag, and I'm ready to conquer the world.