The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers this list of 12 common Christmas scams to help consumers stay safe this holiday season:
12. Holiday surveys: In an effort to take advantage of cash-strapped holiday shoppers, scammers pose as popular retailers, e-mailing fake surveys to consumers and promising a credit to their accounts. Links to the “surveys” are often malicious.
11. Suspicious Santa sites: Steer away of “Santa” websites that request unnecessary personal information. Be especially wary of sites that fail to disclose contact details and privacy policies.