BBB warns of 10 holiday scams

Shoppers invade the Imperial Valley Mall and do last minute Christmas shopping on Dec. 17, 2013 in El Centro. STEVEN ESPERANZA FILE PHOTO

With the holiday shopping season underway, consumers are projected to spend billions while scammers are trying to cash in on unsuspecting victims. The Better Business Bureau office in San Diego, which serves the Orange and Imperial counties as well, released 10 common holiday scams shoppers will want to avoid.

1. Gift card scams A common scheme is for thieves to copy the numbers off gift cards and once they have been purchased and activated, thieves use the amount for online shopping.

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