12 scams of Christmas: Fake websites claim to send kids letters from Santa

Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 18:36:08-05

If you get a suspicious letter from the North Pole, there's a chance that it's not Santa, it could be a scam.

The Better Business Bureau is warning parents about websites that offer customized handwritten letters from Santa.

The BBB says there are some legitimate ones but others are copycats only looking to collect credit card information.

"You're maybe going to pay for Santa to write the letter, what you want to know is the scam artist, the fake website, is designed to get your personal identifying information. You really won't receive a letter from Santa, and you really will have turned over your information not to Santa but to a real Grinch," said Angie Barnett, president and CEO of the BBB serving greater Maryland.

Look for online reviews before doing business with the company. And whenever buying something online, make sure you're using a secure connection. The URL should start with "HTTPS."

For more information on the letters from Santa scam, click here.

If you fall victim to any scams this holiday, you’re encouraged to submit any complaints to the BBB or FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).