CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Better Business Bureau came up with a little song to the tune of an old classic to remind residents of the scams the holiday season will bring.
"On the twelfth day of Christmas, the scammers gave to me:" starts the "12 Scams of Christmas" song released Wednesday by the business bureau.
If you know the song, you know there are twelve days of gifts to be given, but in this case none of these "gifts" are pleasant.
The song is an easy way to remember the 12 scams that are most prevalent around the holiday season.
Among the scams are malware e-cards that travel in email attachments or links. The bureau warns against opening emails from unfamiliar addresses. The best course of action there is to just delete it.
The plight of stranded grandchildren is another common one, the bureau warned. A person claiming to be a grandchild or relative will call with a story about being hurt, stranded or sometimes even arrested before asking for cash. If you receive such a call, verify it's actually a relative and that their story is true before sending any money.
If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. The bureau warns that low prices on luxurious goods could be a tip that the item is a fake.
"Low prices on luxurious goods are almost always cheap counterfeits," the press release said. "At best, you'll look like a Scrooge. At worse, you may be helping finance drug traffickers or terrorists."
Pickpockets are another common threat. Keep your purse or wallet close and secure. Thieves are waiting for shoppers to get distracted or put down their bags for a chance to snatch them.
Always make sure to buy gift cards from reputable dealers, not online or from individuals. The bureau warns that it's easy for scammers to sell the card, and then use it before the buyer can. Also be on the lookout for fake coupons and always make sure to use the retailer's website and not to provide any personal information.