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AARP Illinois Offers Tips to Help Avoid Holiday-Season Fraud


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WITH THE HOLIDAYS HERE, MANY CONSUMERS ARE ENGAGING IN RISKY BEHAVIORS THAT COULD ALLOW THEM TO BE VICTIMIZED BY CON-ARTISTS.  TERRI WORMAN--OF "A-A-R-P ILLINOIS"--OFFERS THESE TIPS...

(WORMAN):
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ADS, E-MAILS, AND SOCIAL-MEDIA POSTS ABOUT IMPOSSIBLY GOOD DEALS COULD BE SCAMS--AND SHOULD IMMEDIATELY SEND UP A RED FLAG.  DURING THE HOLIDAYS, SCAMMERS CAN ALSO BECOME MORE COMMON ON DATING-SITES--WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO BEWARE OF THOSE WHO MAY HAVE MONEY, AND NOT LOVE, ON THEIR MINDS.  WHAT'S MORE, YOU SHOULD ONLY SHOP ON PUBLIC 'WI-FI' IF YOU HAVE A 'VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK' ON YOUR DEVICE--AND IT'S TURNED ON.  AND, WHEN YOU DO SHOP ONLINE, REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE BETTER-PROTECTED WHEN USING A CREDIT-CARD--INSTEAD OF A DEBIT-CARD.  IN ADDITION, IT'S BEST TO GET GIFT-CARDS DIRECTLY FROM A STORE-CLERK, OR BUY THEM ONLINE--TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE NOT DRAINED FIRST, BY THIEVES.  YOU ALSO SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR 'PHISHING' E-MAILS THAT ARE SUPPOSEDLY ABOUT DELIVERIES--AND SHOULD REQUEST SIGNATURES, TO STOP THIEVES FROM STEALING DELIVERED PACKAGES FROM DOORSTEPS.  FINALLY, BEFORE GIVING TO A CHARITY, VERIFY IT FIRST--AND BE CAUTIOUS OF UNSOLICITED REQUESTS--TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR MONEY IS GOING TO A CHARITY THAT'S REALLY USING IT FOR GOOD."

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FOR MORE TIPS, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"FRAUD-WATCH-NETWORK".



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