As if we didn't have enough to worry about, scammers are out in full force this holiday season. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, many of us are choosing to shop online. The FBI warns that scammers are using increased opportunities that on line shopping provides to scam Minnesotans.

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“Scammers are very much looking forward to the holidays to find ways to swindle unsuspecting shoppers.  Due to COVID-19, shoppers should be more vigilant than ever for scams designed to steal their money and personal information.” - said Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office.

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According to the FBI, these are some of the most common scams happening this holiday season:

  • Online Shopping Scams:  Too-good-to-be-true deals via phishing emails or advertisements.
  • Social Media Shopping Scams: Beware of posts on social media sites that appear to offer vouchers or gift cards.
  • Work-From-Home Scams
  • Gift Card Scams
  • Charity Scams: Phony charities, especially during the holiday season.  Know who and what you are donating to.

The best advice is to just be smart and do a little research into charities that ask you to donate. Check out websites that offer "too good to be true" deals.

It's also a good idea to keep a record of everything you ordered and when you ordered it. I've been stung a couple of times by not receiving what I ordered.


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