Holiday scams are heavy on naughty, lacking in nice

Source: David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times (Paid Registration)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for consumers, it’s also the most dangerous. From gift card rackets to online fraud, consumers are under near-constant assault amid what some analysts are calling the country’s first trillion-dollar holiday season.

“Scammers—opportunists that they are—are relying on generous consumers to use their hearts, and not their heads,” said Lauren Hall, a policy advocate with Consumer Action.

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