by: Marina Brett

As the trifecta of holiday shopping begins residents are warned to be on high alert for identity thieves.

After Thanksgiving will come Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, kicking off the three most popular shopping days of the Christmas season, and law enforcement say it’s also a time of year for scam artists to steal your personal information. Officials urge online shoppers to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, by making sure the retailers web address is secure, and using a credit card which is the safest payment method, experts advise.

Meanwhile, the Better Business Bureau is cautioning people looking for seasonal work to watch out for scammers this Holiday Season. This is the time of year many businesses are looking for part time workers, but officials say beware of “spoofed” websites that can trick people into giving up personal information, or asks for application, training or job supply fees. Go into the retailer to fill out an application to avoid becoming a victim of holiday cons, the BBB advises.