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  • Emma Lake Boydston

Beware Holiday Scams

It’s the time of year to visit with loved ones, share in family traditions, and…receive a bunch of scam emails. Scammers take advantage of us when we are most vulnerable, when we are more frequently opening up our wallets to help out others. This year is exception, with Google reporting a 10% spike in spam during the first half of November already. The most common version is fake gift cards or giveaways, sometimes as a "reward” for filling out a survey. All you have to do is provide your credit card information to cover the trivial shipping cost of some great gift. And you can guess what really happens next: no gift and a huge charge to your card. The second most common scam is solicitations for fake charities. Before giving money to any organization, do your research and give directly to them and not through an unsolicited email. So as we enter the end of the year, please keep that gut-check tuned and alert for scams!

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