Holiday Scams

The holiday season is a popular time for scammers to target consumers making online purchases, looking to support charities, applying for seasonal employment, and more. Making yourself aware of the warning signs of possible scams can help you protect yourself from falling for one.

Warning Signs of a Scam

  • Large discounts on popular gifts, oftentimes advertised on social media.
  • Spelling and grammatical errors on offers received through email, text, social media, or on websites.
  • Unsolicited texts and/or emails with a link to a deal.
  • Pressure to donate immediately to what appears to be a charity fundraiser.

Being informed of the warning signs is the first step in protecting yourself from scams. There are also action steps you should take to protect yourself from scammers – not only during the holiday season, but at all times of the year.

Protecting Yourself from Scams

  • Avoid clicking on links sent through text or email. If the offer is from a well-known business, go directly to the website.
  • Do not make purchases while connected to public Wi-Fi without the use of a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Do not give to charities that pressure you to donate immediately. Legitimate charities will accept donations any time.
  • NEVER make a purchase or give a donation to an individual or business who asks you to pay by wire transfer or gift card.

Scammers are more strategic than they have ever been. Protect yourself from scams this holiday season by watching for the warning signs and taking the necessary steps to avoid their schemes.

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