MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes happiness and excitement, but it’s also the time of year people get scammed the most.

The BBB of the MidSouth said they’ve already had hundreds of people calling them trying to verify unsolicited phone calls.

These scammers are posing to work for local charities, taking donations for organizations like the fire and police departments.

It’s early November, and already this month, the BBB of the Mid-South said they’ve received 12 reports of phony charities trying to get your money.

“Calling up someone and asking for money is a sure sign something isn’t right,” Jeffery Douglas said.

Douglas has received his fair share of scam calls.

Most recently, he said he was targeted by someone who said they were raising money for injured police officers.

“If someone isn’t really aware of what is going on, that could seem legitimate because he quickly said he was someone with the national police and troopers’ association,” Douglas said.

Douglas reported the scam to the BBB.

Daniel Irwin with the BBB of the Mid-South said fake charity and online scams are on the rise.

Already this month, Irwin said they’ve seen a 30 percent increase in reports of online shopping scams. He said the national supply chain shortage and labor shortages are making matters worse.

“There’s just not a lot of inventory, so people are having to online shop more than ever, and scammers know that. So, they are prepared to take your…

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