Quite a few businesses operate a “Letters from Santa” scheme that allows your children to receive a letter from Santa in the mail. While that's exciting for children, the Better Business Bureau is also warning that there are quite a few businesses or scams operating out there on the same premise.
The Better Business Bureau recently warned Americans against getting fleeced in these “Letters from Santa” scams. At the very least, you could lose money to these scams, and at the very worst, according to the Better Business Bureau you could be the victim of identity theft.
In one of the schemes, you may receive an e-mail from a company that, according to the Better Business Bureau is designed to look like one of the Letter from Santa companies. In others, the company will ask you to pay additional money for a personalized note from Santa, and an official certificate. You will receive a link in the e-mail asking you to pay a certain amount of money for this offer. You will likely lose the money. However, what is worse is that you could also possibly open up your credit card and debit card information to fraud.
According to the Better Business Bureau, contact information can be sold to third parties, or to spammers, or even worse, identity thieves. All parents are short for time over the holiday season, and it may be tempting to sign up for the Letter from Santa. However, it’s also important for parents to realize that some of the highest amount of identity theft and credit card fraud is traced to the holiday season.
Identity theft crimes are frequently charged as federal crimes. These crimes occur when someone steals your personal or financial information with the intention to commit some type of crime. Usually, a victim's financial information may be stolen to obtain certain goods, or services. If you are charged with these crimes, it's important to get legal guidance immediately. Speak to an Arizona criminal defense attorney about your case.