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Consumers beware: 'Tis the season for fraud, rip-offs

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Popular types of scams Internet merchandise: Goods are either misrepresented or not delivered. Classified ad and auction sites: Criminals post ads for goods that don't exist and steal consumers' credit card numbers. Fake checks: Consumers given phony checks in exchange for goods and told to wire money back to the buyer. Prizes/sweepstakes/free money: Requests for payment to claim...