'Tis the season for consumer fraud
Tips to avoid scams, thieves
- Duration 2:52
- Date Dec 21, 2012
Tips to avoid scams, thieves
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I no matter how rushed you are trying to find that last minute holiday gift you'll want to be careful.
The holiday season is one of -- busiest seasons for scam artists -- joining us with tips on how to avoid fraud.
This holiday season is former NYPD detective Harry how -- -- what else OK so why are you particularly vulnerable if you're a last minute shopper.
Well it's the holiday season in the bag -- -- due to -- Christmas shopping right now so -- you do that with your money how OK so -- the last minute shopper.
You you you need this.
You -- got a couple days now to Christmas so you got to purchase something quickly.
All right so let's say out of stuff about wire fraud -- what is that are basically wire fraud is that do you respond to an unsolicited email.
Such as that we all want to spend said -- screen LED televisions set the course 5000 dollars you make an email saying what we get you for a thousand dollars.
Are you think it's a great deal we can get it delivered to you by Christmas time and you -- the money right away now the bad guys got the money in the package that.
This is the best way for them to commit the -- because -- at one.
Right there OK got so let's talk about your tips for how to avoid being scammed this holiday season if they only deal with a legitimate companies in other words if you haven't heard of something online.
Don't buy something from a exactly -- I would just deal with the companies that you know world display legitimate companies out there today that you can deal with so you don't -- deal with -- -- -- don't know.
You say it's too good to be true it it.
Is -- of course that's a good rule of thumb in life.
But how do you know I mean they do for so many sales right now Heidi you know it's a good -- you know what you know and -- you can't get a 5000 dollar item for a thousand dollars.
That's basically -- you see that's too good to be true you see something like that but the puppy scam they have out there right now.
Where you can not a -- as a pure breed -- you want your kid because 5000 dollars are you see how you can get it if you -- in the money for 500.
You know that's too -- -- you know there's no way -- -- get that puppy for 500 dollars he -- pay the credit card not with a check quiet right because.
I see people going to stores now all the time and still using checks.
-- the bottom line is every time that you pay by check personally check account numbers out there second ball they make you.
Give all your financial information on the back of the check given what's good for you did a birth.
Your address all that information in Lexington and we know that -- wanted to drop you DNA on the back of the check.
Did last you say.
Never wire money to a stranger.
In other words all of those ridiculous emails that you get claiming that a a Princeton Nairobi needs your help you shouldn't give that you're running this and -- looking is that I am I -- eleven million dollar Lotto is about three or four times a week congratulations.
Thank you very much for the whole thing is that you can get this money.
And what happens is they want you to wire.
2000 dollars in legal fees to get the money to you did you hear that Brian -- he falls for all the time.
Up carry out.
Former NYPD -- thanks militants thanks --