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'Tis the season for scams

'Tis the season for giving, but could you be giving more away than you realize this holiday season?

Experts say thieves use the holidays as a chance to scam unsuspecting victims.

Mark Wieber, of Frankfort, was cheated out of cash just last week.

"We looked online and saw on our statement that $528.92 had been purchased on Walmart online," Wieber said.

Wieber said he did not make that purchase.

"The bottom line is they want financial information or they want money from you. No matter what ploy they use, that's what they're looking for," Cynthia Albert from the Better Business Bureau said.

So how can you avoid becoming a victim this holiday season?

The Better Business Bureau suggests never giving out personal information, or wiring money, unless you're 100 percent sure who's on the receiving end.

Experts say only shop online on the web sites of merchants you know and trust.

Shoppers should also beware of too good to be true deals.

Also, experts suggest paying with a credit card. Under federal law, you can dispute the charges if they are unauthorized.

If you think you've been a victim of a scam, you're asked to contact the Better Business Bureau. We have a link the BBB's website attached to this story.


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