Vancouver, BC - Easter should be a time for celebrating family, enjoying the spring weather and doing our best to paint pretty eggs. But, while you're hunting for Easter eggs, scammers are hunting for your wallet. BBB has a few tips to keep your ducks in a row and scammers out of your savings.
Danielle Primrose, president and CEO of BBB Serving Mainland BC, says as with any holiday scammers are out there trying to take advantage of the seasonal spirit. "Fraudsters are counting on you to get caught-up in the celebrations, excitement and festivities and not question otherwise suspicious behaviours," she says.
BBB recommends keeping these things in mind during this holiday season:
- Beware of e-cards - Receiving a card is always nice, but if you don't recognize the sender it's best to delete it. Scammers can send messages that appear to be e-cards but are actually links for malicious software that can steal your personal information and ruin your computer.
- Pet scams - Many families use this time of year as the season to surprise their children with new bunnies, chicks, puppies or other pets. Be careful of scammers placing fake animal ads online. You may get a puppy mill pooch or other pet with problems, or you may get nothing at all because it was a scam.
- Charity scams - Scammers are skilled at making charities look legitimate and even worse, know how to tug on your heartstrings. Be wary if you receive an unsolicited letter, phone call or salesman at your door asking for donations this Easter season. Check with BBB to verify a charity before donating.
- Travel scams - Free airline tickets, timeshares and discounted hotel rooms are popular scams during any holiday season. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Contact the company directly to verify its legitimacy and check BBB Business Reviews for other information.
For more information and other consumer tips, visit bbb.org.
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Simone Lis, Vice President
Better Business Bureau