Watch Out for Gift Card Scams, Other Holiday Cons

Posted on 10/31/21 by The AARP Bulletin

While people are busy with seasonal preparations and social activities, AARP Kentucky is reminding members to be aware of holiday-related cons. 

Buying gift cards from stores that keep them behind their counter, or via online purchase directly from the retailer, can help you avoid getting a card that a scammer may have copied. 

During the holiday season, many charities solicit donations, but con artists often prey on feelings of goodwill. Before making a donation, using sites like and can help you see if a solicitation is legitimate or check what percentage of donations actually support the charitable purpose. 

To arrange a virtual fraud awareness presentation from a trained AARP Kentucky volunteer, email To file a complaint or request help from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, go to

This story is provided by AARP Kentucky. Visit the AARP Kentucky page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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