Consumers warned about online holiday shopping scams

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DENVER -- Online Christmas shopping is fast and convenient these days, but the Denver Better Business Bureau warns that scam artists are plentiful this time of year.

One rule of thumb is to read the fine print.

  • Some businesses only offer a certain number of products at a sale price online, and during a limited time
  • Be careful to verify unfamiliar sites. Check for an “http” portion of the web address and a lock symbol in your browser window
  • Use a credit card. You're more likely to be covered in case you become a victim of fraud

Christa Frendelli of the BBB said phishing is also a problem.

“Our consumer will be sent an email about a really great opportunity then when they click and give their information it's not a legitimate site and they've handed over their details.”

An option is to sign up for email deals at the counter of your favorite stores or trusted websites.