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Avoid the season's most common scams

From lighting the menorah and trimming the tree to celebrating Kwanzaa and the impending new year, December is a time when friends and family gather to celebrate all the joys the season brings. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when fraudsters roll out a cornucopia of time-tested scams to prey on consumers’ holiday habits. Learn about the season’s most common scams so you can spot and avoid falling for them.

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