Winter scams to avoid

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Shoppers filled Lakes Mall in Fruitport Township, making final Christmas gift purchases.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- 'Tis the season for holiday scams. Phil Catlett with the Better Business Bureau outlined some of the biggest scams to hit our area during the holiday season.

Catlett says West Michigan's biggest scam starts at your front door with donation requests or holiday sales.

Catlett says, "It always scares me when someone is door to door, you don't know if you're physically safe, if they're scoping out your place, it could be they're just seeing if you're home or not."

Another one topping the list, is that UPS package. Last year the Better Business Bureau said, there was a problem with people following UPS trucks while they were making deliveries.

"If you've got someone trailing behind and no one at the house, you've got an easy theft."

Instead--- have your package delivered to work, or a relative who is home.

Every parent wants the 'hot toy' that's sold out, or a discount for that matter, the BBB says just don't go to a random site to find it.

Catlett says, "You click on a link and may be going to an infected website, it may release mal ware in your computer, they can monitor your key strokes, they know everything about you that you do from your computer."

When disasters like the typhoon in the Philippines hit around the holidays, experts say scammers will likely come calling
With the typhoon in the Philippines, and the spirit of giving, scammers will likely be calling from fake charities or putting up bogus websites.

"You may be giving them your debit card information your credit card information, they may ask you to wire money, so when it's gone it's gone."

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