Better Business Bureau Warns of Holiday Scams

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Better Business Bureau wants to warn consumers of new shopping scams emerging this holiday season.
Last year during 'Black Friday', almost 100 million shoppers hit the stores - and this year, the BBB expects that number to grow.
The bureau says to remember to always ask for a gift receipt, and find out the store's return policy in advance.
On 'Cyber Monday' and 'giving Tuesday', smart consumers should be aware of fake charities and shops that have similar names to real organizations.
Sometimes the scammers add an extra symbol or dot to their URL in order to trick shoppers into giving them their personal information.
The better business bureau also warns of clicking on ads via social media, which may point to look-alike websites.
Another new scam is fake shipping notifications from UPS or FedEx.
This may come in the form of an email, which will attempt to get the recipient to click on a link which could put a virus on your computer.
Experts say to always go *directly to the shipping websites and look up your tracking numbers.
The Alaska Regional Manager of the Better Business Bureau, Michelle Tabler, says whenever entering your credit card, be sure to check the security of the website.

Michelle Tabler; Alaska Regional Manager of the Better Business Bureau>>"One of the things we want to make sure people look for when they're going online to shop, is that in the URL at the top, that it says HTTP with the S on the end before they're putting any personal information or credit card information in there."