TODAY'S QUESTION: Have you ever been the victim of a holiday scam?

Monday, December 6, 2010 | 10:38 a.m. CST

The Better Business Bureau recently released its list of most common scams seen throughout the year and near Christmas.

The list includes bogus charitable pleas and identity theft at the mall.  The best way to avoid these scams appears to be common sense. At the mall, keep track of your belongings. Watch out for dubious offers when shopping online, and always vet a charity before donating to one.

There's also a spate of online scams, according to an article on Yahoo Finance. McAfee, a technology security company, released a list of 12 technology scams consumers should be aware of. In one, a bogus company offers an incredibly low price for a popular electronic or other gift. While the deal looks great, it's really a way to get your financial information. 

Some scams also offer a free iPad for those who purchase a few other products. None of the merchandise ever arrives though. An alternative to this is when you take a Facebook quiz to get a free iPad. To get the results and the free device, you have to supply your cell number. In actuality, you are really signing up for an additional $10-a-week charge on your cell phone bill.

With the holidays approaching, have you encountered any of these scams?


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