At the busiest online shopping time of the year, cybercriminals are becoming increasingly aggressive and creative in their ways to fool consumers out of their money as they busily, and perhaps a bit naively, go about buying holiday gifts online.

The array of current scams include fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices, and phishing emails advertising brand name merchandise for bargain prices or emails promoting the sale of merchandise that ends up being a counterfeit product, the Memphis field office of the FBI reminded shoppers.

“The old adage ‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is’ is a good barometer to use to legitimize emails,” warned the FBI.

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