Blumenthal: Beware Black Friday 'tricks and traps'

Blumenthal: Beware Black Friday 'tricks and traps'

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is warning of the "tricks and traps" some advertisers use to try to lure consumers into making purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The Connecticut Democrat has scheduled a Friday morning news conference at his Hartford to highlight what he calls laughable, ludicrous and deceptive ads that consumers should be on the lookout for as the holiday shopping season begins.

He says tricks include overly broad advertisements, hidden fees when it's time to check out and emailed coupons that hide the fine print in links to other websites.

Blumenthal, who served previously as state attorney general, says consumers should always read the fine print while they do their holiday shopping.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is typically the busiest shopping day of the year.

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