BBB: Current holiday scams to avoid

Dawn Johnson with the Better Business Bureau stopped by KEZI 9 News this week, sharing advice on avoiding a few scams popping up around Oregon as the holiday season is here.

Posted: Nov 14, 2018 11:47 AM
Updated: Nov 15, 2018 11:35 AM

EUGENE, Ore. - It is the holidays, and like every time this season approaches, people are traveling and scammers are eyeing your bank accounts.

"There are so many scams out there and we're doing so much of our booking online now, so, many new websites are popping up," said Dawn Johnson with the Better Business Bureau. "The biggest thing you want to look out for is making sure that website, whether it be a travel agency or third-party trying to make those plans for you, make sure that the website is secure. So, make sure you look for that https and that lock symbol up there, so that you make sure any transaction you make is secure."

Not only is the website important to verify, but if you're booking through a travel agent, make sure that agency is who they're representing themselves as. 

"The other thing you want to do is verify that the travel agency is legit right? Is it really your business that's going to be helping you out? You can do that at BBB.org. Just search their name on our website," Johnson said. 

There's another scam that Johnson is tracking, which is affecting businesses in Oregon and costing them money for something that should be free. 

"And that's such a tough one because these businesses, it's already tough to be in business on your own, right?" Johnson said. "You already have a lot of expenses, and so now the scam is going around trying to scam small businesses out of money saying that they need to pay $175 for work compliance fees. This is not the case. You can download those forms online at the state of Oregon website."

For more information on these scams and advice from the Better Business Bureau, click here

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