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FBI, BBB release warning about holiday social media scams

Posted at 12:16 PM, Dec 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 15:18:21-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The holiday season can bring lots of cheer and scams especially for those who are always on social media.

Millions of Americans spend hours surfing the web looking for holiday deals and some of that time is on social media. where online thieves are finding new ways to steal your money.

The FBI released a warning for shoppers to help you protect your wallet they say the deals come through phishing emails and ad's.

KGUN9 also spoke to the Better Business Bureau who says the scams are all over social media. Thieves are trying to attract you with ads selling products and those products are dirt cheap.

Director of Finance and HR Irene Manzanedo said "If you're interested in that gadget get it directly from the website not through social media because most of the time those are fake, don't click directly from a social media site go to a secured site."

Consumers should also watch out for social media sites that offer vouchers gift cards and online surveys focusing on holiday promotions and contests.

Manzanedo said "You might run into a transaction where you think your getting something and you actually get a product thats not what you thought."

The FBI says if the deal is too good to be true it might be best to move on especially when you're not sure about the site and if the seller is overseas because you might pay for an item and end up giving them information that can compromise your identity in the future.