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Tech Tuesday warning: Santa letter sites may be scams

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Getting a handwritten letter from Santa for your child by signing up online sounds great, until you pick the wrong website and get scammed, and give your personal information to a thief!

The Better Business Bureau says there are legitimate companies that offer letters from Santa and other products. But you need to do your homework to make sure you're using a legitimate site.

Here are some ways the BBB says you can spot a scam website: 

  • Ignore calls for immediate action. Many scams try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency (including the scam above). Don't fall for it.
  • Hover over links in emails to check their source. Scammers will make links look like something else. Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear.
  • Make sure the website has (real) contact information. If something goes wrong with your order, you need to be able to contact the business. When in doubt confirm that the address and phone number are real.
  • Do your research. Check out the business on BBB.org and do a quick web search.
  • Make sure you pay through a secure connection. When entering credit card information online, be sure that the URL starts with "HTTPS" and has a lock icon in the browser bar.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails and websites often are riddled with typos. This is often a giveaway that you aren't dealing with a real business. 

To find out more about scams or to report one, go to BBB Scam Tracker.

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