As many of us begin to order Christmas gifts from websites, please be alert to emails that tell you there is a problem with your order. These emails often contain a link that takes you to a legitimate looking webpage. They will ask you to verify name, address, and credit card info. Don’t fall for it! Never give out this information unless you initiated the contact.

Better yet, shop locally. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you won’t be a scam victim when you are face to face with the seller.