As we approach another holiday season we prepare to spend time with family and friends, and we prepare for another round of holiday shopping. Over the years, online shopping has served as a great way to avoid the holiday crowds at the malls, and a way to stretch shopping budgets with the deluge of money saving offers available from most online retailers. In fact, online shopping for holiday gifts has become so popular that eMarketer predicts a 15.1 percent increase in sales over last year to a tune of $61.8 billion to be spent in the months of November and December alone.
Criminals know all to well that the holiday season is ripe with victims who can be easily manipulated at the sight of an offer or promise too good to be true. So just like retailers prepare for the rush of holiday shoppers, scam artists do as well. To fight back, here are some important tips to help you better identify scams related to the holiday season.