FBI warns Oklahoma shoppers about scams this holiday season

Tis the season for online scammers

TULSA — The Oklahoma City FBI Division reminds the public that this time of year is open season for online criminals.

“Shoppers need to be aware there are unscrupulous people out there working overtime to spoil your holidays,” said acting Special Agent in Charge Alvin Winston. “Remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Oklahomans lost more than $26 million to online scams in 2020.

The two most prevalent holiday scams are non-delivery and non-payment crimes.

In a non-delivery scam, a buyer pays for goods or services they find online, but those items are never received.

A non-payment scam involves goods or services being shipped, but the seller is never paid.

Similar scams to beware of this time of year are auction fraud, where a product is misrepresented on an auction site, and gift card fraud, when a seller asks you to pay with a pre-paid card.

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