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Beware of Santa Scammers This Christmas Season

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, so don’t let your children be the victim of scammers come Christmas Day. The Better Business Bureau issued a warning about fraudulent websites promising personalized letters from Santa Clause without any intentions for delivery.

The agency says consumers are receiving emails with links promoting a “Handwritten Letter from Santa to Your Child” with an official nice-list certification and a personalized letter. Not only may the letters never come, but you will also lose $19.99 for the package with all your credit card information in the scammers’ possession. Yikes!

Here are a few ways to protect yourself from holiday scams:

1) Resist calls for immediate action. This advice hold true during the holiday season and all 365 days of the year! It’s always a red flag when someone rushes you for payment of a product. Beware!

2) Hover over links in emails to check the website source. Although links and websites may look legitimate, holding your cursor over the link will review the true destination.

3) Verify website contact information. Is there a physical address? Does the customer service phone number really work? The BBB also suggests checking GoDaddy.com or Whois.net to see if contact information matches the contract information given on the site. Make sure before you order.

4) Do your homework. Conduct a simple internet search for complaints on the business, or check the Better Business Bureau website.

5) Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Silly mistakes and typos tend to go hand-in-hand with scams emails and websites.

6) Make sure payments are done through a secure connection. When entering credit card information online, check to see that the URL stars with “HTTPS” with a padlock icon in the browser bar.

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