The Better Business Bureau is warning parents about a fake Fingerling scam.

Fingerlings are one of the hottest toys of the 2017 holiday season and with many parents scrambling to find one, scammers are trying to take advantage of their desperation.

Fingerlings are small toy monkeys that are worn on the child's finger and reacts to their touch.

They have been in high demand for quite some time and many parents are not able to find them anywhere...that's where the scammers come in.

According to the BBB, when parents strike out in stores they start searching online. That's when the seemingly legit looking websites, Facebook ads and other ads come up.

The sites will look real, have actual photos of different Fingerlings and may even promise fast shipping. But the BBB says don't be fooled.

In the last two months, the BBB has received nearly two dozen reports of Fingerling scams.

Many people who ordered from these fake sites find their Fingerlings never arrive and the company is unreachable when they call to complain.

Others are shipped counterfeit Fingerlings and are refused a refund when they try.

The BBB is offering parents searching the internet for Fingerlings some shopping tips however. They say to

1. Always shop from a reputable retailer.

2. Beware of unreasonably low prices. (If it seems to good to be true, it probably is!)

3. Be careful of who you are giving your name and credit card information to. If you are unfamiliar with the company, try to call their customer service number before you order. Make sure the number works and see if they can answer questions about the product for you.

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