"The number one thing we see is gift cards. They'll be out in the parking lot with a deal on gift cards. Most likely those are fraudulent gift cards. So you've given 25, 50, maybe 100 dollars for a gift card that has absolutely no value whatsoever. They're really good at posing themselves as being with a company and because they use technology it's real easy to duplicate or counterfeit any kind of gift card," said Captain Antonio Gonzalez from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.
Buy gift cards directly from a store and make sure the activation code hasn't been scratched off. When you're shopping in a store keep your belongings on you, rather than in a cart.
"All they have to do is remove that wallet, get those cards out of there real quick, come back and loop around while you're still pushing your cart around looking at something else, drop the wallet back in there when your attention isn't on that purse again and they've got your information," said Gonzalez.
Even if you don’t brave the crowds and choose to do your shopping online, make sure the website is reputable before you put your information in; just last year over 1500 fake websites were shut down.