Holidays are the best time for scammers to tug on our heartstrings.
The most likely place you’ll encounter them is when they rattle a collection box in front of you, either as you do your shopping or at your front door.
They may use all kinds of props to fool you, wearing seasonal costumes, dress in familiar uniforms or wearing badges.
If you don’t have time to check out how genuine the collector is, simply don’t give. If you want to help, find the charity name and donate directly.
Also watch out for telephone solicitations. NEVER give your credit card number over the phone!
One of the easiest ways to detect a scam is to trust your instincts. We want you to have a great holiday season and not get taken by holiday scams. So, always be on your guard - and enjoy a Happy Holiday!