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The 12 scams of Christmas

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Christmas is just around the corner, and lots of people are shopping online. But this warning, don't get snowed.  

For instance,  "On the 12th day of Christmas someone sent to me – a scam." The Better Business Bureau is out with a list of the 12 scams of Christmas. One of them deals with those friendly greeting cards that your friends and associates send on line.

"Some of the ones are the E Christmas cards  that really aren't Christmas cards they are malware," said BBB Jackson CEO John O'Hara. "So you think you're getting a holiday card you clink on it, you've now infected your PC with malware."

The BBB says it's scam central season.

Make sure you know who you are giving your money to when it comes to charities. Look out for wire transfer requests, pay with a credit card.

The Web is loaded with phony online retailers that will sell you a bill of goods; there are phony Santa's, travel scams, counterfeit gifts, even phony love; all looking for your money. 

 One hot ticket item; totally adorable, fictitious puppies for sale online. 

"There are an awful lot of puppy mills across this country," said Mississippi Animal Rescue league Director Debra Boswell. "They will take this time of year to really play on your sympathies and have a puppy under the tree and what not. And also these people that are buying from out of state, they will send their money in and no puppy ever arrives." .

The Mississippi Animal Rescue League hears these horror stories year round.

"A lot of disappointment, a lot of sadness, A lot of wasted money, wasted money, wasted tears," recalled Boswell.

 And the Better Business Bureau hears volumes of complaints.

"You may be out money and maybe more importantly, you may have disappointed someone. You think you're getting that special gift for somebody, it's a little hard to say no, I'm sorry I got scammed. I don't think that looks good opening it up on Christmas morning,." warned O'Hara.

Another classic, Grandparents scam; people pretending to be your grandchild or relative emailing to say they are stranded, robbed or hurt overseas, please wire money. 

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