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Christmas Scams to Avoid

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is also the time of year where scammers make the most money! Unfortunately, people tend to fall for "too good to be true" ads or deals online. They also want to make some extra cash to buy those last few presents and fall victim for "easy" jobs. The Better Business Bureau has released a 12 Scams of Christmas list and we want you to be aware so you don't fall prey to these scammers!   1. Fake Shipping Notifications This scam targets everyone. We've all shopped online and received a text message or email about our shipping confirmation. However, you may sometimes get these even if you haven't shopped online. You wonder, did I order something and just forget? Before you click on any links, go to any of the websites you may have shopped from and confirm from there. Or simply ignore the text or email because more than likely it's fake. 2. Alerts About Compromised Accounts Thousands of people fal
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