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Better Business Bureau’s ‘Naughty List’ warns Vancouver Islanders of holiday scams – Saanich News

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The holidays are upon us, Christmas lists are in and the Better Business Bureau is busy checking who is naughty or nice.

To help Vancouver Islanders navigate the season, the organization has compiled a list of 12 grinchy scams to watch out for.

At the top of the list are social media scams, according to BBB CEO and president Rosalind Scott, who said that is where the majority of people are the most vulnerable. It could be misleading ads promising free trials but actually charging monthly fees, or fake small businesses that claim proceeds go to charity. Another common one is social media gift exchanges, where users send personal information and gifts or money to a stranger, thinking they’ll receive something back.

Besides social media, there are plenty of other red flags to watch out for.

Parents should be wary of what information is being collected by holiday-themed apps their children are downloading, according to the BBB. Free apps, it…

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