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AARP Mississippi 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.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY FROM A-A-R-P'S "FRAUD-WATCH NETWORK"BETTYE TAYLOR--THE STATE-PRESIDENT OF "A-A-R-P MISSISSIPPI"--OFFERS THESE TIPS...

(TAYLOR):
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IF YOU'RE GIVING TO A CHARITY, YOU SHOULD ASK ABOUT HOW YOUR DONATION WOULD BE SPENT--AND YOU SHOULD VERIFY THAT THE GROUP IS LEGALLY AUTHORIZED TO RAISE MONEY IN YOUR STATE.  THIS CAN BE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT WHEN DEALING WITH TELEMARKETERS.  ALSO, IF YOU'RE BUYING GIFT-CARDS, IT'S PROBABLY BETTER TO PURCHASE THEM ONLINE--AS THIEVES CAN EASILY RECORD, AND ILLEGALLY USE, THE NUMBERS FROM CARDS THAT ARE SOLD IN STORES.  FINALLY, YOU SHOULD REQUIRE A SIGNOFF, FOR ALL OF YOUR PACKAGE-DELIVERIES; THAT'S BECAUSE DELIVERY-COMPANIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR STOLEN PACKAGES THAT ARE LEFT AT A FRONT-DOOR WITHOUT REQUIRING A SIGNATURE."

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



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