BBB warns shoppers to look out for holiday scams

Posted at 7:14 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 20:28:15-05

It's the season for giving and sometimes for taking.

The Better Business Bureau is warning you to keep an eye out for scammers during the holidays.

Adam Price is the regional director for the BBB. He said people often take advantage of shoppers who are trying to get a good deal on gifts.

Price said if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

"There were more than two billion dollars spent in a 24-hour period last Cyber Monday, so it's big business," Price said. "Because of that, that's when the con guys can get out, make a fake website, make you think you're on the website you want to be. They have a checkout box and you send your money to somebody that's not the actual business."

Price said you should also be wary of fake charities that are asking for donations. 

"Obviously, this is the time of giving. The Salvation Army, with the red kettles, is out there," Price said. "But you still want to make sure you know who you're giving to. Ask for more information, find out if they're a legitimate organization or not because a lot of times folks who are asking for cash are not," Price said. 

Price said a scam on Facebook that appeared in 2015 is also making rounds once again. It's known as the Secret Sister gift exchange. The post claims that participants will receive up to 36 gifts in exchange for sending one gift valued at $10

If you see it pop up on your page, ignore it.

Price said you should also check the BBB website to find out if the retailer you're using is trustworthy before you hand over your information.

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