Beware of Holiday Scams

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

This holiday season don't let the Grinch steal your Christmas.  Since it's the season to give, some thieves could be trying to take advantage of your goodwill.

Here's a recent scam, someone calls claiming to be with the Odessa Police Department, asking for donations for Christmas gifts.  Odessa Police say don't fall for it.

"Because we don't want people to fall victims, don't ever feel pressured don't ever feel like you have to tell people to go away or hang up," Cpl. Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police, said.

Cpl. Sherrie Carruth says the department will never ask for donations over the phone or go door to door.  When that resident asked for more information for confirmation, the scam artist didn't answer.

"The person was not being forth right, he would not give him the information he was needing," Carruth said.

From the phone to the World Wide Web, you could be seeing one of these in your email box, a fake online order asking you to reconfirm by entering personal information.

Speaking of the internet, look out for charity scams.  The best way to check on an organization is with the Better Business Bureau.

With 3 weeks left until Christmas, a present you stuff in that stocking could also be a scam sitting on store shelves if you're not careful.  The ever popular gift cards, make sure the silver strip isn't scratched off before you buy them, the numbers on the back could be nabbed.

If you want to report a scam, call the police or the Better Business Bureau.