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The Latest Holiday Scams Uncovered

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WMDT 47 News - During the holidays, messages can clog up your inbox; and hiding amidst the e-mails – scams.

"The main thing that usually pops up during the holiday season is these false charities," Ocean City Police Department Spokesperson Lindsay O'Neal said.

A state charity database, the IRS, or the Better Business Bureau Charity reports web site can confirm if it's legitimate.

Beware of e-card scams – it looks like a greeting card, but is really a virus. If you don't recognize the e-mail address, it's spam.  

Then there's the e-mail that includes a fake tracking number -- asking you to print out a new delivery label, claiming there was a package delivery error. Clicking on the attachment exposes you to malware and viruses.

Although most scams are done through a web site or through an email, some scam artists will try to trick you using snail mail.

"Just last week we had a report of a scam that was sent to a person's house that requested them to become a mystery shopper for a bunch of local and national chain stores," O'Neal said.

Virginia Riggs of Salisbury, Md. got a similar letter just a few days ago saying she had won something.

"I was supposed to call them up and send them a check or something and I just tore it up and threw it out," she said.

Remember, if it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you shop online, keep in mind that cheap prices may be a trap. Make sure you shop on sites where the address begins with "https" -- the *S* stands for secure. Also look for a small padlock icon -- usually located in the right corner of that URL bar. Beware of e-mails offering money for surveys. It's never a good idea to give out your personal information.

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