Holiday scam targets area shoppers


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Shoppers have been filing reports about a holiday scam targeting Northeast Florida, the Better Business Bureau said Tuesday.

Here’s how the scam works:

Shoppers receive a shipping notification for goods that they did not order, then they receive a follow-up phone call requesting credit card information so the shipping company can release the merchandise.

Authorities advise that you don't fall for it. There is no merchandise, and once the credit card information has been handed over, the scam artists have free rein of your credit card until you realize you've been duped.

This scam is easy to fall for this time of year, with consumers gearing up for the holidays and ordering gifts, authorities said. They ask victims to share and warn friends and family so they don't fall victim.

For more holiday scams to avoid, visit the Better Business Bureau's website. 

Click here to report a scam.