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Last minute holiday scams in your email inbox

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With just one day left before Christmas, everyone is out scrambling for last-minute essentials. But there are some crooks out there pulling some last minute scams. That's why you need to start paying attention to your email inbox.

It all started when Toby Benninghoff got an email that looked like it was from Walmart, saying his daughter's Christmas gift he purchased online had the wrong delivery address.

"I get an email saying that if I didn't pick it up within so many days, they're going to charge 17% and give the refund of the rest of that remaining money back. Which doesn't make any sense," says Benninghoff.

He was confused because just days before, he already received an email from the actual Walmart, saying his order had been processed and was out for delivery with a tracking number. But the Knox resident spotted the scam right away, "The item number didn't match my purchase order number," he says.


The Better Business Bureau says scam emails often contain a link, that when clicked, can put your personal information at risk. Everything from your address, credit card numbers, even your social security number.

Dreama Jensen of the Better Business Bureau says the holidays are prime times for scammers.

"During the holidays like this, people will be opening them more than other times. They're not paying attention. They think they've gotten a greeting from a friend, and they see it and just go ahead and open it and click on it," says Jensen.

Scammers even tap into your fears by using words in the subject like "Standard Delivery Failure".

"Using the word 'failure' like that, that even encourages a person more to go ahead and click on the link," says Jensen.

So to keep your wallets and computers safe, the Better Business Bureau has a few things to look out for when it comes to scam emails:

  • Do not open an email from someone you don't know
  • NEVER click on any links
  • Scammers will go as far as using the big box store graphics to make it look legitimate
  • The sender will be from the store's domain name like Walmart.com or Target.com
  • Scammers will most likely not address you by your name - they use sir/madam

So when reading through countless emails, if you don't know the sender, delete it. Better safe than sorry.

The Better Business Bureau is also warning about a pretty prevalent phone scam right now. The caller says they're from Microsoft and they can fix your computer over the phone.  They ask you to go to a web site and enter a code that ultimately lets them hack into your computer. Once that's done, they ask for your credit card payment over the phone, giving them full access to your bank account. 

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