Consumer Watch: Warning about 'naughty' Santa sites

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 6:40 PM

(WHAS11) -- "Dear Santa" sites are becoming more and more popular every year. There are now literally dozens of domain names registered in the name of Old St. Nick, but, not all of them are for children.

When it comes to internet scam artists it seems, where there's a will, there's a way. Unfortunately, the latest way to get into your computer, or even worse to get information about your children is through Santa sites.

"Check them out first before the kids get on them. There could be a bad link and there could be some naughty stuff, not so nice stuff on there," Reanna Hamblin-Smith from the Better Business Bureau said.

From Santa suits that jolly Old St. Nick could never squeeze into, to Santa helpers with more than toys on their minds -the Better Business Bureau is advising parents to do their homework over the holidays.

Even innocent looking Santa sites can cause problems from folks phishing for personal information to use for identity theft or worse.

"The kids love to track Santa they love to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there taking advantage of this," Hamblin-Smith said. 

And since Santa already knows where you live there is no need to ever share personal information on any Santa site.

A first name is all your children should ever offer. If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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