This holiday season, more shoppers than ever are enjoying the convenience of online shopping. But the sellers you buy from may not be what they seem. Thousands of people fall victim to holiday scams every year. Marvella Gray, community outreach specialist at the FBI Baltimore Field Office, offers some simple tips to shop safely:
The AARP 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.
Consumers may sign up for AARP Fraud Watch Network “Watchdog Alert” emails 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.
If you believe you or someone you know has become the victim of a holiday scam, contact your local FBI field office or file a complaint at IC3.gov.
This story is provided by AARP Maryland. Visit the AARP Maryland page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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