Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert warning holiday shoppers about the trending toy scam. Each holiday season, there are popular toys that many wish to purchase, but may be hard to locate in stores. Scammers monitor these trends and may create fake sale offers for these items, or attempt to send counterfeit toys—or no toys at all—bilking consumers of money and potentially stealing personal information.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “As parents search for the most popular toys of the holiday season, scammers may set up fake websites and advertise too-good-to-be-true offers. Often, the advertisements contain links to malware and the toys for sale may be counterfeit. For more information about how to spot and avoid this scheme, check out our latest Consumer Alert.”

Attorney General Moody is providing tips to help consumers avoid the trending toy scam: