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Be on the lookout for phishing scams

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The best practice is to never open the email without confirming that it was meant to be sent. The best practice is to never open the email without confirming that it was meant to be sent.
Parson adds never click on anything you don't know. Parson adds never click on anything you don't know.

It's that time of year for people to beware of the prevalence of scams.

Cheryl Parson of the Better Business Bureau is warning people of phishing scams. Attempts made through emails to convince people to open up a link that could be harmful to their computers. Parson said the emails can come from anywhere and look like your bank or your friend. The best practice is to never open the email without confirming that it was meant to be sent. She suggests calling that bank, friend or wherever the email came from to check it's authenticity. Parson adds never click on anything you don't know.

"Personally, I've gotten some emails from an attorney's office and they're invoices and I know they're not invoicing me," said Parson, president of the West Central Ohio BBB. "Once you click on these things just to look at them even if you just want to look at them, it's going to download a virus on your computer."

Parson wants people to be aware of other scams as well during the holiday season as this is the most common time for them.

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