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Scammers targeting online shoppers during holidays

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 7:20 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s that time of year when people are dropping hundreds, if not thousands, on gifts for the holidays — both in store and online. Though buying gifts on the internet may be the more convenient option, it also comes with a bigger risk of being scammed.

Josh Planos, director of public relations and communications for the Better Business Bureau, said to make sure to use website with a secure connection by checking to see if the weblink begins with ‘https.’ He also recommended people avoid any deals that appear too good to be true.

Planos said its important to keep the signs of scams in mind at all times.

“Make note of red flag warnings, red flags that you’re seeing this time of year and remember them moving forward because, scam-related activity might increase over the holidays but, it’s available all year round,”

Planos continued to say, while seniors are typically considered the most vulnerable when it comes to scams, in the 2020 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report they found that 18-24 year olds reported having the highest median loss in money to scams during the past year.

Planos said the pandemic have caused a rise in online scams than ever before.

“In 2020, we saw more scam related activity than any year on record and even though 2021 is not yet complete, the likelihood is that we’re going to one-up 2020, unfortunately,” he said.

Planos noted that people should also be on the look out for suspicious emails claiming to offer deals. He recommended double checking the email address to see if the message was coming from a reliable source or not.

To report a scam or to view reported scams, visit the BBB website.

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