Holiday season is a popular time for criminals to scam you

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(WTVO) — The Better Business Bureau says the holiday season is a popular time for criminals to scam you.

December 3 is “Giving Tuesday.” It’s a global event that started in 2012.

The BBB said more than 3.6 million people will make donations in the United States.

Some tips to avoid getting scammed include double checking that the organization is legitimate, and asking what the money would be used for.

“If you have a concern then, and if it’s a phone call, then you should ask that person to send you the information,” said BBB, Rockford Regional Office Director, Dennis Horton. “A legitimate charity who needs the money today will need it tomorrow and they would be happy to do that.”

The BBB says donations are expected to surpass $400 million.

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