Thanks to spiking rates of COVID-19, along with the lockdowns and capacity limits, more people than ever before will do their Black Friday (and post Black Friday) shopping online--and scammers are ready.

Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), joined the WROK Morning Show on Tuesday to fill us in on some ways that scam artists are attempting to grab your money and leave you empty-handed.

Also, as we've discussed before, many scam artists will ask for their payment in gift cards, and Dennis explains how that is almost always a red-flag for a less-than-honest business transaction. The good news is that the companies that offer gift cards are getting active in making it hard for scammers to use them to con their victims.

If you're looking to avoid purchase trouble this holiday season, take a listen to some of Dennis Horton's advice: