‘Tis the season to be extra vigilant against scammers! Whether you’re online shopping, donating to a charity or getting calls from relatives, scammers are lurking and it’s even more important to be careful and watch out for your loved ones.
There are many types of scams: identity theft, unwanted calls, imposter scams, health care scams, “you’ve won” scams, home repair scams, money mule scams, work-at-home scams and charity fraud.1
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) released the top 12 scams of Christmas that are most likely to catch consumers and donors off guard during this holiday season.2
1. Misleading social media ads
2. Social media gift exchanges
3. Holidays apps
4. Alerts about compromised accounts
5. Free gift cards
6. Temporary holiday jobs
7. Look-alike websites
8. Fake charities
9. Fake shipping notifications
10. Pop-up holiday virtual events
11. Top holiday wishlist items
12. Puppy scams
So how do you avoid getting scammed?
The Federal Trade Commission has great resources and tips for how to identity and avoid scams. You can subscribe to the FTC blog to get the most current scam information and what to watch out for.3
Don’t forget to pass on the information to help your friends and loved ones.
Be smart, stay informed and have a happy and safe holiday!