Christmas Scam Alert: How to Avoid the Top 5 Christmas Scams in 2007

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Discover how to protect yourself this holiday season from the five biggest Christmas shopping and charity scams.

As their lives become more and more hectic, otherwise cautious people let their guards down -- and scammers are ready to exploit these busy, distracted shoppers

The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year -- especially for scammers! Most people don't know they are especially vulnerable during the holidays.

"As their lives become more and more hectic, otherwise cautious people let their guards down -- and scammers are ready to exploit these busy, distracted shoppers," says Dr. Audri G. Lanford, Co-Director of Scambusters.org, a public service website that has been helping people protect themselves from Internet scams since 1994. "That's why we are issuing this Christmas Scams Alert," says Dr. Lanford. "We want to warn people about the top 5 Christmas scams this holiday season, so they can better protect themselves."

Five Christmas scams in particular will dominate the 2007 Christmas season, according to Scambusters.org. They include: web merchants and dishonest online auction sellers who set up websites offering the season's hottest products, then shut down their "stores" and disappear; phishing, a very popular scam that becomes even more popular during the holidays; charity scams, gift card scams, and even holiday E-card scams.

Scambusters.org describes these scams more fully, and more importantly, provides consumers with safety tips that can make the difference between a joyous holiday season and a disastrous one. Be sure to check out this article on these Top 5 Christmas scams in 2007.

About ScamBusters.org
ScamBusters.org is a public service that has been helping people protect themselves from Internet fraud since 1994. Founded by Co-Directors Audri and Jim Lanford, ScamBusters.org provides a free weekly email newsletter that shows you how to protect yourself from cunning scammers -- online and offline. ScamBusters.org offers a lively, entertaining and opinionated approach to avoiding the most popular scams, viruses, spyware, phishing scams, identity theft ploys, credit card fraud schemes, and urban legends making the rounds.

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