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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

It's the season for giving, but it's also time when thieves try to take your money.

If you think you won't be taken advantage of during the holidays think again because people are so bold they actually tried to rip off the Better Business Bureau.

Leonard Crain with the Better Business Bureau said someone faxed a letter to the organization trying to sell them part of the BBB.

It's just one of the many ways people are trying steal cash this holiday season.

Crain said scammers use online offers of quick cash loans to target folks during this time of the year.

He said, "They are trying to entice you to engage with them and once you do they are going to ask you to send them an advanced fee for a loan."

Crain explained that you never have to give money in advance for a loan so that's a red flag that will hurt you not once but twice.

"There's the side that you are going to get ripped off with the advanced fee but you're also going to get ripped off because your personal information is compromised," commented Crain.

The government is also warning people to be careful of what they fill out online and to never give personal information out over the phone.

Mitzi Oxford with the American Red Cross West Central Georgia Chapter said reputable organizations don't solicit for money.

She said, "The Red Cross does not call people and ask for money over the phone."

If you do get a phone call or see a suspicious online ad don't hesitate to double check with the organization.

Oxford wants people to still donate because if they don't that could hurt others who need help.

She said just be cautious when it comes to making donations.

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