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Seasonal Shopping is in Full Swing, But Criminals Are Also Gearing Up for a Busy Season, Especially Given the Challenges Around COVID-19

Minneapolis FBI

MINNEAPOLIS, MI—Citizens in Minnesota and the Dakotas are joining the rest of the nation in shopping online this holiday season in big numbers. Scammers are trying to steal a deal, too. With more people shopping online this year, shoppers may encounter more online shopping scams.

“Scammers are very much looking forward to the holidays to find ways to swindle unsuspecting shoppers,” said Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office. “Due to COVID-19, shoppers should be more vigilant than ever for scams designed to steal their money and personal information.” The Minneapolis Field Office reminds shoppers in Minnesota and the Dakotas to beware of scams and stay vigilant. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.


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