Preventing fraud

Although scams happen all year round, fraudsters take advantage of increased spending during the holiday season, which has increased greatly as online shopping has become more common. Scammers use different tactics to trick you into sending them money, downloading harmful malware or divulging personal or financial information. 
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What you need to know

What is a holiday purchase scam?

Common holiday purchase scams

Signs of a holiday purchase scam

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