Holiday Scams To Be Aware Of

Kristin Weisell
December 14, 2018 - 10:10 am

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DALLAS (KRLD) - For most of us the holidays are a time of giving, but unfortunately, scammers will do their best to ruin it for some people.

The Better Business Bureau of North Texas says there are two kinds of scams that make the rounds this time of year. In one situation, scammers make calls and say they’re with a charity. They give a name that sounds real but actually isn’t. A lot of times they pretend to be with organizations that support veterans or police officers.

“People are loyal to their local law enforcement,” says Phylissia Clark with the BBB. “With these type of charity scams, the most important thing to do is ask for the IRS tax-exempt number. Then you can hurry off the phone and go check to make sure it’s a real charity.”

Scammers also try to take advantage of people looking to add a pet to their family for Christmas. They'll pose as online breeders, creating websites that look real. People then send over a check or money order, and then the cat or dog never appears.

In situations like that, especially if the animal is purebred, Clark says the price can serve as a warning.

“People are enticed by really low prices,” she says. “So if the price of a purebred animal seems too good to be true…it is.”