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Scammers target parents looking to buy this season's hottest toys

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Posted at 5:15 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 06:50:45-05

It's time to start crossing things of your child's Christmas list.

If they're hoping for this season's hottest toy, beware of scams while on the hunt.

Every year there are those must-have toys that appear on most kids holiday wish list.

It can be frustrating for parents as they sell out and become expensive or difficult to find.

This year children all around the world are hoping for toys like a baby Yoda, a robotic dog or a PlayStation 5.

As you search for these coveted items beware of tricksters looking to deceive you.

"They create fake websites or social media posts where they have this available toy in stock at a low price," said Susan Bach, the Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin. "Parents end up sending money away and the toy never arrives."

While scouring the internet in hopes of finding that trendy toy, make sure you are shopping on reputable websites.

If you aren't familiar with the site do your research.

"Is it professional or do you see grammatical errors or typos," said Bach.

Beware of websites using .biz instead of .com.

Click on images to make sure they are original and not stolen from another site and know the going price for the toy.

"Don't be fooled by those extra low prices," said Bach. "Often times those are hooks to reel you into that scam website."

Hopes of the perfect Christmas gift could quickly turn into a holiday sham.

For more online shopping tips and information to avoid scams this holiday season, visit the BBB's website.