BBB warns of holiday shopping scams

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With more and more people shopping online after Thanksgiving Black Friday, the connection between cybercriminals and your credit card is short.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — With Black Friday around the corner, a warning that no matter where you spend your money, a little vigilance can go a long way.

You can count on three things during the holiday season: Santa Claus, shoppers and scammers. But it’s the latter that can steal more than your holiday spirit.

That’s why the Better Business Bureau is once again reminding people that holiday magic can quickly turn into mischief if you don’t stay alert to the schemes of clever scammers.

“We saw over 2,000 reports in November and December alone, and those reports resulted in a huge loss of money. It was around $1.1 million,” said BBB regional manager Katie Gallan.

Keep in mind that these statewide reports from the last year only represent a small percentage of what is actually going on that goes unreported.

Sometimes all it takes is a little awareness to not fall victim to working in the snow, especially when shopping for this season’s ‘must haves’.

“You usually won’t find much of a difference in price, so if you see this popular item that’s super, super low, that’s a big red flag,” Galan said.

With more and more people shopping online after Thanksgiving Black Friday, the connection between cybercriminals and your credit card is short.

The BBB suggests double-checking these websites before entering your personal information, as some are not so cleverly disguised as reality.

“There are a few things you can look into to help you rule them out. If you look at the wording on the website, for example, and you see grammar or punctuation errors or you even see differences in the font size in the same sentence,” Galan said.

And whatever you do, avoid clicking on unsolicited text or email links, no matter where they come from. Even if you’re just trying to take advantage of deals and discounts, they can take you places you just don’t want to go.

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