'Tis the Season for Scams


Here we are twelve days before Christmas and the Better Business Bureau is it out with its "12 Scams of Christmas" list. Scammers just love to take advantage of your giving spirit.

The Bureau's Leah Napoliello says one of the easiest ways to trick us is with a fake web address.

"It's very easy for scammers to fake a website, so they may change slightly the web address to make it seem like you're shopping on a well-known business' website."

Napoliello also reminds us there's no such thing as a free lunch.

"If you're getting unsolicited texts or emails offering free gift cards, that's often going to be just a scam to try to get your personal information."

Everyone loves puppies for Christmas but the BBB says even that can be a scam if you try to buy one online.

Napoliello says you might pay for a puppy but not get one.

"They'll put up a very cute picture of a puppy but when you try to purchase it they'll want you to wire the money to them, so you just want to be very cautious when you're purchasing a puppy and realize that scam is very common now, too."

Napoliello says Christmas puppies often come from "puppy mills" and may have serious health problems. Animal advocates say pets are an inappropriate gift, anyway.


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