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AARP Mississippi Helps Consumers Avoid Falling for Scams during the Holidays


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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.  RONDA GOODEN--OF "A-A-R-P MISSISSIPPI"--OFFERS THESE TIPS...

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BE WARY OF UNFAMILIAR WEBSITES; CAREFULLY READ REVIEWS; AND TYPE IN A RETAILER'S SITE YOURSELF, INSTEAD OF CLICKING ON A LINK.  ALSO, DON'T USE PUBLIC 'WI-FI' TO CHECK SENSITIVE FINANCIAL-INFORMATION--OR TO MAKE PURCHASES.  REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE BETTER-PROTECTED WHEN USING A CREDIT-CARD--INSTEAD OF A DEBIT-CARD.  AND, IF YOU'RE BUYING GIFT-CARDS, IT'S BEST TO GET THEM DIRECTLY FROM A CASHIER, AT THE STORE THAT THEY'RE FROM--AND TO HAVE THEM SCANNED FIRST, TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE CORRECT BALANCE.  YOU SHOULD ALSO MONITOR YOUR DELIVERY-DATES FOR PACKAGES--AND BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR 'PHISHING' E-MAILS THAT ARE PURPORTEDLY ABOUT DELIVERIES.  FINALLY, BEFORE GIVING TO A CHARITY, VERIFY IT FIRST--AND BE CAUTIOUS OF UNSOLICITED REQUESTS FOR DONATIONS.  THIS INCLUDES FINDING OUT EXACTLY WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO--AND HOW MUCH WILL GO TO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES."

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



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