Consumers who let down their guard during the hectic holiday season can easily fall prey to scammers and thieves poised to pounce on careless or overburdened shoppers, so the Better Business Bureau has a few tips for the busy shopper as the holiday frenzy kicks in. The BBB has identified some common scams that consumers should watch out for during the holidays, whether they’re shopping online, juggling packages at the mall or simply reading their email.
BBB Investigator Bill Smith says if you are shopping online keep your guard up.
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When shopping online, be wary of sites you are not familiar with, online auctions or sale sites, and if using public WiFi, understand scammers can easily capture your personal information. And be wary of phishing e-mails. Beware of e-cards and messages pretending to be from companies like UPS or Fedex with links to package tracking information. Email addresses that don’t match up, typos and grammatical mistakes are common red flags of a malicious phishing email.