Beware of scammers, stay safe while shopping during holiday seasonby Pima County News on Dec. 16, 2011, under Pima County, Public safety, Southern Arizona, Tucson
Pima County, Ariz. (Dec. 16, 2011) – The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is helping to keep you from becoming a crime victim this holiday season.
Here’s some good advice from Sgt. James Ogden:
Carry your driver’s license or other identification and shop during daylight hours when you can.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Pay with a debit or credit card or personal check instead.
Don’t overload yourself with shopping bags and packages. Clear visibility and freedom of motion will help you avoid a mishap.
Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t get so distracted by shopping or other holiday activities that you don’t see someone heading your way aiming for your packages or your purse.
Be wary and aware of strangers who approach you for any reason. At this time of year, con artists may try to distract you as they try to take your money or your belongings.
Don’t wear expensive jewelry while you’re out shopping and dress casually and comfortably.
Watch out for fake charities that try to take your money at this time of year. The Federal Trade Commission warns that charity scammers are on the job on the phone and aiming for your money. Don’t give to any charity unless you first verify it is legitimate.
Ignore unsolicited email offering you a good deal. Spam scams are so prevalent they may appear indistinguishable from legitimate advertisers. Don’t take this risk.
Is that child knocking at your door really seeking donations to a charity – or is he working for a scam artist? Door-to-door scam artists step up their activity during the Christmas season knowing people may be more inclined to say yes at this time of year. Many so-called charities are fakes.
Don’t be a target of people who say they can sell you a star for Christmas. You can’t name a star or buy a star.
Stars aren’t for sale. Stars are only named by the International Astronomical Union. Any company or individual claiming they can name a star after you for a fee and say they will place the name in their star registry is operating a scam.