Vancouver, BC – It’s closing in on December and despite the cold weather, the biggest shopping season of the year is starting to warm up. Canadians typically spend in the range of 30 billion dollars over the holiday season. That includes everything from candy canes to ski trips in Whistler. Scammers know that we are more likely to spend and give more over the next few months than any other time of the year.
“Our warnings definitely have a seasonal flavour,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC. “However it’s no mystery that we tend to be more giving and free with our cash this time of year. This can lead to being more impulsive and less cautious with how we spend our money and who we give it to. And remember, if the price is too good to be true, it could be a scam.”
BBB takes a look at some of the issues we see year after year:
Christmas E-Card Scams
Holiday Travel Scams
Gift Card Scams
Fake Package Tracking Information
Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor BBB Serving Mainland BC 604-488-8702 firstname.lastname@example.org 404-788 Beatty Street Vancouver, BC V6B 2M1
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Mainland B.C., founded in 1939 and serving the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Northern, Central and Southern Interior BC, and the Yukon, is one of 112 local, independent BBBs across North America. In 2014, consumers turned to BBB Serving Mainland B.C. more than 1.8 million times for Business Reviews and processed 7,500 complaints.