Holiday scams: What to look out for

Posted at 12:25 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 13:25:56-05

It's the busiest shopping time of the year and scam artists are busy too, while working on ways to steal your holiday spirit.
The Better Business Bureau of Nebraska said there are the common scams.

The Grandparents Scam, tugs on grandma's heartstrings, with a con artist acting like a grandchild in trouble.

Another? Phony charities: People want to help during the holidays, but before you open your wallets, open up your web browser to to make sure a charity is legitimate.    

Fake shipping notifications: They come as attachments or links in your email. If you click on one,  it'll download malware to your computer and steal your id and passwords.

Temporary holiday jobs: They pay you, not the other way around. If a company asks you to pay for a job lead - don't.  Apply in person or directly on a company's website.

Fake E-cards: They can be cute and funny, but not if they’re fake. Two ways to check? If you can't see the sender's information or if you have to share more to see more of the card, it’s probably not a good idea to click.

Want to know about more holiday scams and ways to avoid them? The BBB has a full list here.