Holiday Hoax

Jeremy Hollis with Cat-Man-Du
Jeremy Hollis with Cat-Man-Du

Retail stores may be closed for Christmas,  But scammers are open for business.

We all know they are out there, and they use the same old tricks just with new spins, so we have made it easy for you to make sure you don't get caught up in a holiday hoax.

For the consumers who can't wait for these doors to open back up on Friday, the internet may seem like a holiday miracle.

But the rush to burn through your holiday cash, Or just get, what you think is a great deal, is exactly what scammers are betting on you doing this Christmas.

Jeremy Hollis with Cat-Man-Du says, "You are going to get a lot of phising scams. Mainly people trying to get your credit card information, they send you an e-mail saying they are a valid vendor somewhere, one of the bigger names, and its fake. It looks a lot like the real site but it's fake and they are trying to get your credit card information or passwords or any type of account information they can sell or use."

If you get an e-mail with a hot deal that you are tempted to take part in, don't use the links in the e-mail, go to the actual web site.

If you didn't unwrap that hot item this year and you decide to log on to see who did and doesn't want it, be apprehensive before forking over the cash.

Hollis says, "Somebody will set up a website to exploit the scarcity of the hot name items. It will be a fake website. People will buy it and it normally will say free overnight shipping and then they are gone a week later."

Hollis says you may do better by being patient and buying locally.

Forbes magazine has listed some of the best deals for the day after Christmas..

Stores in our area on the list include:

Home Depot, Sears, Wal-Mart, Target, and Circuit City.