ALERT! FBI And Law Enforcement Officials Warn About MASSIVE Holiday SCAM- Here’s What YOU Need To Know

FBI Warning: ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Scams


If you’re shopping online this holiday season, FBI Norfolk is warning the public to be on the lookout for scammers trying to steal a deal, too.

During the 2022 holiday shopping season, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received reports from almost 12,000 victims with a loss of over $73 million.

The two most prevalent holiday scams that were involved are called non-delivery and non-payment.

In a non-delivery scam, a buyer pays for goods or services they find online, but those items are never received.

Conversely, a non-payment scam involves goods or services being shipped, but the seller is never paid.

“The most important thing you can do to avoid becoming a victim of scams like these is to make sure you do your homework when you’re shopping,” said FBI Norfolk Special Agent in Charge Brian Dugan.

“While there are always new twists to these scams every year, the scammer’s intent is still the same – to take advantage of folks during a vulnerable season. Heeding the old saying, ‘If it’s too good to be true, it probably is,’ can go a long way in saving consumers from becoming victims.”

The FBI suggests consumers do the following to reduce their chances of being victimized:

*Verify the websites utilized to purchase and sell items. Web addresses should begin with https:// and include a locked padlock icon.

*Be wary of online transactions that use payment methods such as wire transfers, virtual currency, gift cards, or cash.

*Pay for items using a credit card dedicated to online purchases and check statements.

*Verify the legitimacy of all parties involved by looking at consumer reviews, including the Better Business Bureau.

*Do not click on links in unsolicited e-mails or provide personal or financial information.

*Make sure anti-virus/malware software is up to date and block pop-up windows.

Other common scams to watch out for this holiday season include investment scams, smartphone app scams, work-from-home scams and gift card and charity scams.

The details are explained below the following video.


Don’t Click December PSA #2 – “Package can’t be delivered” scam

Here are more examples of “Holiday Scams”:

U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and State and Local Law Enforcement Officials Release

Agencies Warn About the “Package Can’t Be Delivered” Scam

BOISE, IDAHO – During the holiday season, online criminals increasingly target Idahoans through online scams and fraud schemes.

Today, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit, along with the FBI, the Idaho State Police, the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Boise Police Department, the Meridian Police Department, and the Garden City Police Department, released a second PSA as part of their joint “Don’t Click December” Consumer Protection Campaign.

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, AARP Idaho, and the Better Business Bureau also participated in the announcement.

The campaign advises members of the public to exercise skepticism and caution when receiving unsolicited online, email, pop-up, or text communications from unknown or unverified sources. If there is any doubt about a link, message, or attachment, law enforcement cautions: “don’t click it.”

Garden City Police Chief Cory Stambaugh, Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar, and U.S. Attorney Hurwit warn the public about the “Package can’t be delivered” scam and explain some of the ways in which individuals can protect themselves.

Those details are explained below the following video.


Agencies Warn About the “Account Subscription” Scam

This scam targets individuals through text messages or emails, claiming a package cannot be delivered unless they click the provided link and enter personal information or pay a redelivery fee. Often the scammer wants you to click a link to steal your money and information. Don’t click it. Instead, contact the delivery service or seller directly using a verified number or website.

As part of the ongoing campaign, two additional PSAs are planned to be released in the weeks leading up to Christmas in an effort to alert the public to other common online fraud schemes that Idaho law enforcement has seen affect Idahoans.

Unfortunately, these are not the only schemes affecting the public, and new schemes arise all the time. Law enforcement hopes that the “Don’t Click December” Consumer Protection Campaign will raise public awareness and encourage individuals to talk to their friends and relatives about not clicking suspicious links, texts, messages, pop-ups, or attachments.

“We have witnessed many Idahoans lose their hard-earned money or their entire retirement savings to online scams. And, sadly, this type of crime tends to spike during the holiday season,” said U.S. Attorney Hurwit. “But, together, we can reduce the risks by talking with each other about how to avoid such scams, and I’m grateful to our law enforcement partners and the AARP for joining us in the Don’t Click December campaign. We also encourage Idahoans to report any scams as soon as possible so that law enforcement can investigate and we can bring these vicious online criminals to justice.”

“Our detectives see the devastating impact scams like these have on members of our community every day. It can happen to anyone,” said Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar. “By working with our partners to talk about scams and point out the red flags, we hope to not only prevent you and your loved ones from becoming victims but to also create an environment where those who have fallen victim to a scammer feel comfortable reporting.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners recognize that we all must work to eliminate the stigma individuals may experience if they are victimized. There is no shame to falling victim to an online scheme, which are often designed by professional criminals, sophisticated, and tested repeatedly across the country.

For this reason, the “Don’t Click December” Consumer Protection Campaign also publicizes ways to report scams and incidents of fraud to the FBI and local law enforcement.

To learn more about these and other scams targeting Americans visit,, and if you believe you are the victim of a scam, take action by reporting it to FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at or by contacting your local law enforcement agency.



Please share this information with everyone you know.

These criminals are very smart and it’s easy to fall for these scams unless you are aware ahead of time.

That is why AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS are assisting law enforcement in getting this information out.

So beware of theses scams and again, share this information with everyone you know.

Enjoy the holiday season and be safe.


Thank you and God Bless.


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