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AARP Virginia Offers Tips to Help Avoid Holiday-Season Fraud


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THE HOLIDAYS OFFER PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCAMMERS.  BUT, WITH A LITTLE VIGILANCE AND PREPARATION, VIRGINIANS CAN CUT DOWN ON THE THREAT OF BECOMING A VICTIM.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO NATALIE SNIDER, OF "A-A-R-P VIRGINIA"...

(SNIDER):
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MANY SEASONAL SCAMS INVOLVE BOGUS WEBSITES OR MOBILE-APPS.  IN FACT, SOME FAKE 'E-STORES' EVEN MIMIC TRUSTED RETAILERS--WITH FAMILIAR LOGOS AND SLOGANS, PLUS A WEB-ADDRESS THAT'S EASILY MISTAKEN FOR THE REAL THING.  THEY OFFER POPULAR ITEMS AT A FRACTION OF THE USUAL COST, AND PROMISE PERKS LIKE FREE SHIPPING AND OVERNIGHT DELIVERY--EXPLOITING THE PREMIUM THAT ONLINE SHOPPERS PUT ON BOTH PRICE AND SPEED.  THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT ADS, E-MAILS, AND SOCIAL-MEDIA POSTS ABOUT IMPOSSIBLY GOOD DEALS COULD BE SCAMS--AND SHOULD IMMEDIATELY SEND UP A RED FLAG.  WHEN IT COMES TO FRAUD, VIGILANCE IS VIRGINIANS' NUMBER-ONE WEAPON."

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IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU'VE FALLEN VICTIM TO A SCAM THIS HOLIDAY-SEASON--AND FOR MORE TIPS--SNIDER RECOMMENDS VISITING "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"FRAUD-WATCH-NETWORK", OR CALLING 1-877-908-3360.



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