As we all get into a festive mood and relax with friends and family over the holidays, that last thing we want to do is be on-guard to threats…we simply want to relax and enjoy. BUT, with a little knowledge you can be prepared and still enjoy, saving your loved ones from the suffering the aggravation of these scams.

Every year, thousands of people become victims of holiday scams. Scammers can rob you of hard-earned money, personal information, and, at the very least, a festive mood. When shopping online during the holiday season—or any time of year—always be wary of deals that seem too good to be true. Do your part to avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim.

Protect yourself by learning what the scammers do and be prepared for reading these simple, yet effective articles by the FBI and AARP: