— Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone. Be a fraud fighter! If you can …

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— December is a critical month for charities to raise money. In fact, nearly one third of annual giving occurs in December. Scammers are well aware of this and are out in full force looking to line their own pockets as the year draws to an end. South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley “encourages South Dakotans to continue to give to those less fortunate, but to follow these precautions to ensure [the] donation is going to the cause for which it is …

— The Shred Fest scheduled for today, Saturday, Dec. 9, has been canceled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please stay tuned for when this event might be rescheduled. Be safe out there!

— Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone.  Be a fraud fighter!  If you can …

— Linda Springer of San Gabriel Valley, CA Second Quarter, 2017 Fraud Watch Network’s Fraud Fighter Linda Springer, from the San Gabriel Valley, is our Second Quarter, 2017 Fraud Fighter. Linda has been an AARP member for three years, and she tells us that she has found articles in the AARP Magazine and the Bulletin very helpful at this stage of her life. “For example,” she says, “I was quite unhappy with my job where I have been working for 17 …

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of deals.  Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go …

— ’Tis the season to be merry—and to watch out for fraud. Scammers take full advantage of the giving season by trying to bilk people out of their cash, goods and identities. AARP Delaware reminds First Staters to be on the alert for schemes that are common at this time of year. Typical holiday scams include online shopping fraud. Con artists offer unrealistic discounts on popular brand items, then steal the “buyer’s” credit card information. Scammers also post phony charity solicitations …

— Many think of the holiday season as a time to help others, but scam artists see it as prime time to help themselves. AARP Montana offers presentations for community groups across the state, focusing on scams that target older Montanans. Presenters offer tips such as using credit instead of debit cards for purchases, refraining from banking or online shopping over free Wi-Fi, and being alert to phony charity appeals. To sign up for watchdog alerts about the latest cons, go …

— With the holiday season underway, AARP Wisconsin is reminding members to be vigilant about fraud. When shopping, use credit cards instead of debit cards. Credit cards may carry a liability of $50 for fraudulent use, but debit cards typically have no such protection. If you’re buying gift cards this year, be sure they are shrink-wrapped or kept behind a counter. Thieves can secretly scan the numbers off those that are openly displayed and drain the funds once a card is …

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go …