The 12 Scams of Christmas #1: The Best Deal Ever Scam

The 12 Scams of Christmas #1: The Best Deal Ever Scam

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The holiday shopping season is full of promises of huge savings and endless deals. The holiday shopping season is full of promises of huge savings and endless deals.
"If you see an item that is priced too good to be true, 99.9 percent of the time it will be," said Jerry Tipton of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee. "If you see an item that is priced too good to be true, 99.9 percent of the time it will be," said Jerry Tipton of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee.
Beware of unsolicited offers, especially those that come via email or social media. Beware of unsolicited offers, especially those that come via email or social media.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Black Friday is known for door buster deals, but not all those "deals" are the real deal.

Number 1: The Best Deal Ever Scam    

The holiday shopping season is full of promises of huge savings and endless deals. The deals are now coming at us from all angles especially online, but telling the real from the fake has gotten harder in recent years.

We've said it multiple times on this countdown, but it could be perhaps the best advice ever offered in avoiding a holiday scam and it's worth saying one last time. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

"If you see an item that is priced too good to be true, 99.9 percent of the time it will be," said Jerry Tipton of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee. 

With the competition for the best deal reaching a fever pitch, it's hard to really tell what is too good to be true. One of the best ways to tell if it's a legit deal is by price-checking other locations. Usually you will be able to find deals for that product or a similar product relatively close to the price even if it's not a direct match.

"If you can buy anything that looks like 'Oh dear God, this is a great price,' why would they sell it at that price when you can go to the mall and it's three times that much," said Tipton.

Beware of unsolicited offers, especially those that come via email or social media. If you're getting offers from stores for whose mailing lists you never signed up, make sure they're coming from those legit stores.

Ultimately when it comes to the big deals it will take some research and if it comes from a site you've never heard of, then chances are it's not the real deal.

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