Watch out: 4 scams targeting holiday shoppers

Shoppers, beware: Scammers want in on your holiday spending budget.

Consumers are expected to spend about 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent more this holiday season than last year, up to $720.89 billion total, according to the National Retail Federation.

That‘s an attractive target for thieves.

“People need to be more aware this time of year,” said Katherine Hutt, a national spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau. “They‘re rushing and trying to get a lot done, and scammers will take advantage of that opportunity.”

Online fraud attempts rose 22 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year‘s Eve , according to payment systems company ACI Worldwide. Between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday alone, malware infections jumped 123 percent, per from Enigma Software Group‘s anti-malware SpyHunter software.

Here are some of the seasonal scams the BBB is warning consumers to , and how to fraud-proof your holiday shopping plans.

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