The coming holiday season is right around the corner, and if history is an indication, there will be a fair share of scams.  These could range from malicious emails to stolen wallets and from illegitimate charities and Craigslist postings.  The Better Business Bureau wants you to stay safe this holiday season, and is offering some tips.

Agency investigator Bill Smith tells The Big Z you should be wary of online ads for hot toys and gadgets.

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You should also protect yourself when shopping in person.  Identity thieves may be able to look over your shoulder and get credit card information.  And there's always the possibility a purse snatcher may target you, so the BBB advises you be very careful when at your local store or shopping center.

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