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3 tricky holiday scams to avoid

It's the time of year for sipping eggnog, shopping for gifts and taking time off to enjoy with friends and family.

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Unfortunately, scammers don't take any time off during holidays. In fact, this is their busiest time of year!

The FBI just issued a consumer warning to remind folks that cybercriminals are flooding the Internet with holiday scams. These fraudsters will be working overtime all season long to steal your information and your money.

It only takes one wrong move to become a victim. Keep reading to find out exactly what you should look for - and what you need to do to stay safe.

Fake gift cards
The FBI says gift card scams are on the rise this holiday season. You might get a call or email saying you won a gift card. It could be a $50 gift card for Target or Walmart, for example.

If you receive an email, look for signs of a scam. Does it contain any links, attachments or requests for personal information? Does it ask for your credit card info? You can bet it's a scam. Delete it right away.

And if you get a phone call and the caller insists they need your banking or credit card info, hang up.

Either way, you'll want to report the scam to the proper authorities. Click here to easily report online scams, fraud and theft.

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