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Filip Fröhlich for Money

As the holidays approach, expect an uptick in scamming activity.

Fraudsters are already taking advantage of the pandemic-related uptick in online shopping to steal consumers’ money and personal information through phishing, malware, and straight-up theft.

If you’re not extra careful, you could take a bigger financial hit than you planned this holiday season. Here are some of the most common holiday scams to expect this year — and expert advice on how to avoid them.

Virtual "holiday markets"

Let’s say your town hosts an annual holiday market. This year, it’s been canceled due to the pandemic, but someone is selling tickets for a “virtual market” on Facebook. The event doesn’t usually have an entrance fee. Should you dish out the $10 to support your community? Not without doing your due diligence.