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Like gift exchanges? The BBB warns to be aware of online gift exchange scams this holiday season


A holiday tradition for many is appearing in social media feeds as a scam, according to the Better Business Bureau. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Gift exchanges this time of year are common for workplaces, families with many people, or a group of friends where you want to get each other a gift but only want to spend a little.

The Better Business Bureau warns consumers of a gift exchange scam appearing in social media feeds and being reported to the BBB's Scam Tracker this holiday season.

Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Springfield, Pamela Hernandez, tells us more.

"You sign up for some sort of gift exchange, maybe exchanging bottles of wine, or small like ten dollar gifts, and you're asked for your email, personal information, and it often is a scam. They're just putting that out there again to get personal information about you, your family members, and your friends."

If you think you've fallen victim to a social media gift exchange scam or want to share your story about how you've been scammed. Visit the BBB's Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker. For 89 9 KRPS, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.
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