According to a newly released AARP Fraud Watch Network survey, many Oklahomans may be opening themselves up to fraud risks as they shop this holiday season. Popular holiday scams include online shopping scams, scams involving gift cards and shipping scams, according to survey results.
Key findings from the survey:
“The holiday season is a time for togetherness, celebration and giving,” said AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl. “Unfortunately, the gift-giving process, from purchasing the perfect gift to making sure it gets to the recipient, also brings many opportunities for scammers to enrich themselves.”
Survey findings also show many Oklahomans do not know how to shop online safely. For example, just 37% know P2P apps do not have the same consumer protections as a credit card, and only 40% know that using a credit card offers greater protection than using a debit card.
“Ultimately, the point is not to take the joy out of this time of year or take the fun out of gift-giving, but to help consumers be aware so they can protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Voskuhl. “This holiday season, serve your holiday cheer with a side of skepticism to help stay safe from increasingly sophisticated scammers.”
In keeping with trends toward more online shopping during the pandemic, consumers should take the following precautions to safeguard their money and protect their identity:
About AARP Fraud Watch Network:The AARP Fraud Watch Network was launched in 2013 as a free resource for people of all ages. Consumers may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” by email or text that deliver information about scams or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to report scams or get help from trained volunteers in the event someone falls victim to scammers’ tactics. The Fraud Watch Network website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map and access to AARP’s hit podcast series, The Perfect Scam.
This story is provided by AARP Oklahoma. Visit the AARP Oklahoma page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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