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 CharityNavigator.org and Give.org 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 kyaarp@aarp.org. To file a complaint or request help from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, go to ag.ky.gov/scams.

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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