The 2017 holiday season is upon us and Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona wants to help consumers and donors shop smart and give wisely. We battle with scammers every day and want our community to know the "12 Tips to a Fun and Safe Holiday Season" so you can avoid becoming victims of fraud. In 2016, holiday retail sales reached $685.3 billion. Our goal with these tips are to ensure that such powerful spending remains in the pockets of legitimate businesses and that consumers are satisfied customers. BBB is always working to increase marketplace trust.Our 2017 BBB Holiday Guide features tips for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, CyberMonday, Giving Tuesday and general holiday festivities. Check out our dedicated Holiday Helper website at bbb.org/holidayhelper which breaks it all down for you. All of our tips are also wrapped up below in the featured infographic on the site, as well.As a teaser, a critical warning we share this holiday season focuses on mobile security. Last year 45% of page visits during Black Friday came from mobile devices which is huge when it comes to over $3 billion in sales. Smartphones accounted for 47% of page visits on Cyber Monday which had over $3.45 Billion in sales. When searching for great deals, it is important to ensure that all of your apps and operating system are up-to-date. Also, don't enter any personal or financial information when using public wi-fi. When you see those pop-up ads with amazing deals, hover your mouse over the link, BEFORE YOU click, to ensure it is going to a reputable site. Our final sneak peek tip is to make it a regular habit to back up all of your data on all PC's, laptops and mobile devices so if a hacker steals your information you don't have to pay a ransom to get it back.We have shared all of our tips with media partners throughout Southern Arizona. Watch or hear the segments now by clicking on the following links:KGUN9, Reporter Alexa Liako: http://bit.ly/2mGOONBKVOA4, Reporter Aaila Shaheed: http://www.kvoa.com/story/36843018/bbb-warns-against-holiday-scamsKGUN9, THE MORNING BLEND, host Tina Jennings: http://www.kgun9.com/morning-blend/avoid-being-scammed-with-the-12-tips-to-a-fun-and-safe-holiday-seasonKVOI, BUCKMASTER SHOW, host Bill Buckmaster: https://youtu.be/QwKKHlantcoKVOI MIKE CHECK SHOW, host Mike Shaw: https://youtu.be/0rPvx5lm0asKVOA, Reporter Sarah Herrera: http://www.kvoa.com/story/36936374/cyber-monday-shopping-tipsKOLD13, Reporter Evan Schreiber: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/36928250/bbb-warns-of-cyber-monday-scams-lurkingHappy Holidays from the entire team at Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona!