There are many people receiving calls since Thanksgiving and it isn’t to spread Holiday cheer. Scammers are doing everything they can to part their unsuspecting victims from their money before its all spent on presents.
Scammers are using the internet, phone, email and any other means of contact to get as much money as they can from people like us.
Even Payless Shoes got in on the holiday scams this year… Just watch
All jokes aside, you need to protect yourself from what may be the most high tech scammers throughout our history.
Here is a list of a few of the latest Christmas Scams Trends to keep an eye out for.
1. The Secret Sister:
This scam is trending on Facebook because it asks people to give a little to receive a lot. The scam asks for $10 in that goes to donating a gift and in return the donation maker is told they will receive up to 36 gifts..
2. Christmas Parcel Delivery Scam: This scam comes in the form of emails pretending to be from a post office. When you click the link in the email you download software that gives your computer a virus and leaves your personal information vulnerable to hackers.
3. Jury Duty Scam: This scam is run by threatening jail time for missing jury duty if a fine isn’t paid… with a gift card bought from the nearest Walmart!
4. The Robo-Scammer: This is a call from a robo-dialer that claims that you have a warrant out for your arrest if you don’t call them back. That is when the trap is sprung.
As you can see, all of these scams only work if you allow yourself to be overcome with fear or greed. If you can stay in control of your emotions, you stand a great chance at beating these scammers and keeping yourself safe during the holiday season.
However, if you should fall victim to a scam be sure to call the police immediately after you become suspicious of the scam. Also, some types of scams may be covered under your homeowners insurance policy so be sure to call your insurance pro to find out if anything can be done to get your hard earned money back.