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Beware Holiday Scams

Holiday Money JarDecember is an exciting time, the holidays are right around the corner and everyone is in the holiday spirit. As people are doing their shopping, the risk for scams and fraud rises. Below are a few of the most prevalent scams currently in the marketplace to be aware of.

Shipping Scam– With this scam you receive a shipping notification for items that you did not order to your email. The scammers will then call you saying that the credit card on file is not accurate and they need an updated one. If this happens do not give them a credit card number!
Look-Alike Websites– As many shoppers go online, scam sites are popping up. These will look like the regular stores site but the URL will not match. Keep an eye out for extra letters or words in the URL.
E-cards– E-cards are the new hot thing! A quick and easy way to tell your loved ones that you are thinking of them around the holidays. But some of them are trying to collect your personal information. If the sender’s name is not apparent or you have to give additional information to open the card be wary.
Letters from Santa– Many trusted companies offer a personalized letter from Santa for your kids, but many illegitimate companies will also do this to try and get personal information. Check with bbb.org to make sure the site is legitimate before opening.
These are just some of the scams to be aware of, click here for a full list of scams to be aware of.

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