Beware Of The Grinch This Holiday Season



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ANCHOR LEAD: While the holiday shopping season is the most wonderful time of year for many consumers, it's also the busiest time of year for holiday scammers. Brian Osuch how to avoid the "Grinch" this holiday season: (:60) SCRIPT: Lifestyles, I'm Brian Osuch. The hustle and bustle of the season is prime time for holiday con artists. AARP's Amy Nofziger on the most common holiday scams to look out for: CUT: (Nofziger) Some of the common scams we see during the holidays are charity fraud, gift card scams, package thefts, but one to watch out for are hackers stealing personal information through public Wi-Fi SCRIPT: The AARP found that 70% of consumers engage in habits that leave them at risk of losing more than holiday cheer. CUT: (Nofziger) 60% of those who donated to charity in the last 12 months did so without verifying if the charity is even legally allowed to fundraise in their state. Checking on a charity is an easy step for anyone to do. SCRIPT: If you or a loved one falls prey to a holiday scam don't be embarrassed, report it. Consumers also have access to free resources to help them recognize and avoid financial fraud. CUT: (Nofziger) The Fraud Watch Network is a free resource for anyone of anyone of any age where you can get access to the latest frauds and scams delivered directly to your inbox. SCRIPT: For more information visit aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. That's Lifestyles from AARP.
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