Fake holiday charities 12 Scams of Christmas:Fake holiday charities This is the time of year when crooks come out http://www.dpmp.com.au/events-styles/homecoming-dresses.html to cash in on your goodwill and busy schedule.One of the biggest scams every holiday season involves fake charities. As we open our hearts and wallets this holiday season, scammers are out there hoping to cash in on your generosity.The better business bureau says it gets hundreds of complaints about fake charities every year around this time.That's why fake charities comes in as our 5th scam of christmas. It's hard to miss this sign, or sound, of the season.The salvation army's red kettles, more than a hundred of them spread out all over the state.When you put your money in here, you know where it's going. But online or"Over the phone"Donations make it easier for scammers to make their wishes come, swindle you out of your money.So the better business bureau is singing this tune:Give, but give wisely. There are so many great causes and charities but you have to pay close attention to names of charities.Take for example john donald cody.Navy veterans association.He used it, agents say, to defraud donors of up to a $100 dollars in 41 states. Mcafee online security expert robert siciliano http://www.dpmp.com.au/ says scammers are also using the holiday season to pretend like they're raising money for sandy relief.Bad guys are registering thousands of domain names with the name sandy, because of the hurricane, people want to give of themselves and they are giving to the bad guys The better business bureau says research before you give and Mother of the Bride Dresses don't give in to high pressure, emotional pitches.12 Scams of Christmas:Fake holiday charities Tuesday, december 4 2012, 11:54 AM EST 2013, WGME Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Wgme cbs 13 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for portland and nearby towns and communities in the central and southern maine, including lewiston, augusta, brunswick, westbrook, biddeford, saco, sanford, south portland, kennebunk, bangor, freeport, buxton, windham, auburn, waterville, scarborough, gorham, yarmouth, standish, falmouth, poland, rockland, bath, farmington, gray, wells, york, hollis center, winthrop, norway, naples, old orchard beach, bridgton, bethel, paris, kittery, cumberland, oxford, gardiner, ogunquit, wiscasset, and bath.