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How to spot AND avoid holiday scams

If a deal looks too good to be true it probably is. It's very important for consumers to shop safe and shop smart this holiday season.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Better Business Bureau, Communication and Marketing Coordinator, Lindsay George says most people usually see holiday scams through either a text message, email, or some sort of misleading ad. 

"Well, it is the holiday season and scammers are definitely looking for ways to cash in on your holiday giving spirit."

Scammers are trying to get you to click on a link to steal your information and if a deal looks too good to be true then it probably is.

"And consider how those individuals or those online retailers are asking you to pay for your individual goods."

George says one of the main things you want to look out for are fake websites and look - a - like pictures that look professional, but they really aren't. 

"Behind them, they are scammers looking to get your personal information or even your financial information." 

It's also very important to keep track of your deliveries. 

" To send the item to the store rather than to your home. There are those who are looking to get those items on your porch, or you have the option to send those items to your job and make sure that you receive those goods in time for Christmas."

It is very important for consumers to take time and research when holiday shopping, and George says it's most important, "to especially shop safe and shop smart this holiday season."

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