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Agencies warn against holiday scams

GREENSBORO, N.C.— Holiday shoppers, beware.

Whether you have started your holiday shopping, or you are waiting for Black Friday deals, consumer advocates are reminding shoppers that not everyone is in the giving spirit.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and the Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina are coming together this holiday season to give consumers the tools they need to protect themselves against holiday scams.

Among their suggestions:

-Use a credit card instead of cash, which can help you keep track of your money.

-If you’re shopping online, use well established companies and secure websites, which can help prevent identity theft.

-Read all return policies before purchasing your holiday gifts

-If you’re in the giving spirit, make sure you donate directly to a reputable charity.