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Black Friday: Better Business Bureau says don’t fall victim to online scams

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It’s that time of year when many people jump online to look for a hot buy heading into the Christmas shopping season.

Don’t fall victim to Black Friday scams! That from the Better Business Bureau.

The BBB’s southern Alberta president, Mary O’Sullivan-Anderson says online purchases now account for more than a third of all scam reports filed with the organization.

In fact, over the past six years (2015-2021), the bureau has looked into more than 55,000 internet purchase scam reports.

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O’Sullivan-Anderson says over that time period, there have been more than 400 different types of products used by scammers, with pet and pet supplies being one the biggest over the past year in particular.

For tips on how to avoid online shopping scams, visit

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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