BBB Alert

Dec 5, 2012 6:00 PM

BBB Alert: Sold out toys offered online

TUCSON - Remember Cabbage Patch Dolls and Beanie Babies? Have you searched high and low for the perfect Ninja Turtle gift or Holiday Barbie?

What do these hot selling toys have in common besides driving parents crazy? It's another opportunity for fraudsters to steal your holiday cash.

There's often a shopping frenzy when there's not enough supply to meet the demand on those popular toys.

And then you hear about parents paying well over the advertised price because they just have to have it.

The BBB of Southern Arizona tells these super popular items will show up on eBay and Craigslist. But it could be a scam, criminals just preying on that impulse to get your cash with no intention to ship the item. Red Flag warning: deals that look to good to be true.

And there are other safety concerns.

"If it's in Craigslist make sure you bring someone with you when you go to purchase a product," says Nick LaFleur with the BBB. "Do it in person. Maybe try to do it in a public place where other people are around. You don't want to get robbed. You never know exactly who is on the other end of that."

The BBB also advises if you shop on auction sites like eBay, research the sellers extensively.

Click here for a list of the toys which are most likely to be in high demand this holiday season.


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