KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Everyone wants to spend Christmas with loved ones, but life circumstances don't always allow it. Scammers know that and will try to take advantage of it over the holiday season.
Scam Number 4: The "Help Me Get Home for Christmas" Scam
We've all seen the touching reunions of military service men and women reunited with loved ones. They hold even more sentiment with these reunions over the holidays, and it's that the scammers prey on.
Scammers will target those with giving spirits through email, asking for help getting home to family.
"They're heart wrenching stories sometimes," said Stephanie Milani with AAA of East Tennessee. "No one wants to be away from their families on the holidays, so it's easy to get caught up in that."
Usually the scammers will claim some financial hardship that's keeping them from buying plane tickets home for the holidays. They may also claim to be a charity writing on behalf of a soldier.
Like any other email scam, they can't be trusted and should be immediately deleted no matter how touching the story is.
Our 12 Scams of Christmas countdown continues on Monday, Nov. 25 and we're getting you ready for the online shopping rush with a look at how to spot websites that don't have the best intentions.