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AARP Kentucky 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.  CHARLOTTE WHITTAKER--OF "A-A-R-P KENTUCKY"--OFFERS THESE TIPS...

(WHITTAKER):
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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.  WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE, REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE BETTER-PROTECTED WHEN USING A CREDIT-CARD--INSTEAD OF A DEBIT-CARD.  AND, IF GIFT-CARDS ARE ON YOUR LIST THIS YEAR, PURCHASE THEM DIRECTLY FROM A STORE-CLERK, OR BUY THEM ONLINE, INSTEAD OF FROM A KIOSK--TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN COMPROMISED, BY THIEVES.  YOU SHOULD ALSO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR 'PHISHING' E-MAILS THAT SUPPOSEDLY ARE ABOUT PACKAGE-DELIVERIES--BUT ARE REALLY AN ATTEMPT TO STEAL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.  FINALLY, BEFORE GIVING TO A CHARITY, BE CAUTIOUS OF UNSOLICITED REQUESTS--AND ALWAYS VERIFY THAT THE CHARITY IS LEGITIMATE--TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR MONEY IS GOING TO REALLY BE USED FOR GOOD."

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



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