As many prepare for the holiday season, scam artists are busy thinking of ways to get ahold of other people’s money.
The Better Business Bureau is warning people to be on alert for scammers.
“This time of year we should be very stingy with who we give our personal information out to, whether it's for coupons or to sign up for some service,” said Howard Schwartz of the Better Business Bureau of Connecticut.
If you get a knock at the door for a package you weren’t expecting, it may be a scam. For example, one woman ended up being scammed out of $4,000, weeks after receiving a package.
“Everything seemed alright. He handed over a basket of roses and wine and he told her she had to pay a fee of $3.50,” Schwartz said.
The scammer told the woman she couldn’t pay with cash because he could only verify her identity with a credit card. She obliged and several weeks later she realized it was a scam.
“If someone comes to your door and you see the company's truck parked on the street, chances are you're okay. But if they ask for money, don't give it to them,” Schwartz said.
The Better Business Bureau is also warning people about unexpected holiday emails referring to presents you may have missed in the mail.
The emails encourage people to click a link so that you can reschedule the delivery.
“’Click on this link or open this attachment and you'll be able to track it,’ and if you do either of those you're in trouble. You've got nasty malware on your computer,” Schwartz said.
He is also warning people about the holiday gifts that have been ordered but never show up.
“Criminals will follow a delivery truck and when the package is dropped off and the truck is out of sight and they'll take the package,” Schwartz said. “The way to avoid these kinds of problems is to arrange for delivery at a time of your choosing.”
The best way to avoid a package from being stolen is to have it delivered to work or a neighbor’s house who you know will be home.
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