TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Independence Day is yet another opportunity for criminals to take your information and your money.

Here are a few of the ways they can use patriotism against you.

First, American flags. There is usually an increased demand for flags and other patriotic-themed items this time of year. According to the Better Business Bureau, Hoosiers have reported ordering expensive flags but never getting them or their money back.

In another scheme, scammers use fireworks to steal your information and money. According to the BBB, some people will use temporary fireworks stands to copy credit card information.

Better Business Bureau President and CEO Tim Maniscalo says, “Typically, we tell people to buy with your credit card, but in this case, it might be better to actually pay cash if you’re going to buy from one of these temporary fireworks places. That just keeps your credit card, things like that, a little more secure, so just be on the lookout for that.”

Scammers will also use Independence Day to get you to support fake military and veterans…

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