JACKSON, Miss.-- With the holidays upon us the number of people trying to take money out of your pocket has grown.
The Mississippi Better Business Bureau has received a heightened number of calls and complaints about scams in the state over recent weeks.
BBB CEO John O'Hara says there are multiple scams that people should be aware of currently.
"One big thing we're seeing is people getting the text messages about winning the free gift cards. We're also getting a lot of lottery winners lately."
O'Hara says if you receive any sort of good news over text message it's definitely a scam, but the biggest red flag is when someone asks for personal information or money in order for you to receive something.
While that might seem obvious to many people and one might think does any one really give out such information, the short answer is yes. People are duped every day in the state of Mississippi on these actual scams.
"If it's too good to be true, then it's too good to be true. It probably is [a scam]."
O'Hara urges citiizens to verify all these sorts of cases with the BBB website. He said this especially includes charities this time of year that pop up that aren't actually charities at all.
"Use our website. That's what we're here for," he closed.
You can find all that information here.