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Tis the season for scams. Protect yourself and your family.

With November soon approaching it's time you had that talk again with the young and old members of your family about scams. Most people are on their toes about scams coming from email and websites but it never hurts to preach a reminder around the holidays.

Remember that telephone and advertisement based scams are also on the rise around the holidays. Always be suspicious when people call claiming to be from an organization like a bank, credit card or even your power or gas company.

If you buy things from craigslist remember to limit transactions to merchandise for cash in person. Never get involved with pay first—goods later or any kind of shipping.

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laksh wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:03 PM

And never click on the ad links you get via email.. They are too dangerous to try!

Feisty56 wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:08 PM

It's unfortunate, but this type of warning cannot be given too often or taken seriously enough. I realize how many iffy charities my 100-year-old grandmother had given to after her passing. Gram was as alert and oriented as anyone, but she was not as up on scams as some people are, so she was taken advantage of more than once. I don't think she ever realized it, but if she did, she was too proud to tell the family about it.

paigea wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:27 PM

There are so many scams. It can't hurt to keep repeating the warnings.

PattyTherre wrote on October 22, 2014, 8:30 PM

I have been getting a lot of email asking me to give to charities and the links lead me to personal people not businesses. I give to charities via their official pages only. That is one way to avoid that sort of scam

Ellis wrote on October 22, 2014, 9:00 PM

There are a lot of people out there that want to get their hands on your money!

LoudMan wrote on October 22, 2014, 9:50 PM

The really dangerous scammers are brilliant in their emotional manipulation skills, be it compassion or fear. They exploit one emotion or another and they seem sooooo sincere.

Scorpie wrote on October 23, 2014, 3:23 PM

Including me!

Saramarie wrote on October 23, 2014, 7:42 PM

Great advice I'll have to keep that in mind and watch out!

maxeen wrote on October 24, 2014, 4:31 PM

They never give up, these unscrupulous people, do they. Hope all who read take notice,I will,thanks..

Karenb wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:15 PM

A good topic to remind people of. It happens way to often and just not this time of year though.

Scorpie wrote on October 25, 2014, 7:13 AM

That's a good tip, never heard of that one.

acelawrites wrote on November 3, 2014, 5:14 AM

So many badmen, scammers lurking out for innocent people. Just do not trust strangers at once.

celticeagle wrote on November 10, 2014, 7:23 PM

This is a great reminder. I am always hearing about a new scam on the news. Ugh!

crowntower wrote on December 6, 2014, 3:39 AM

I wonder why those people wants to harm others from what they have toiled. I hope they start to have conscience! I agree with you we all must really warn our family members specially those who aren't street smarts. And beware on sharing net from wifi you don't know if this is secure.

ViperGirl85 wrote on December 7, 2014, 11:35 PM

I will never understand how someone can scam and hurt another, and be totally okay with it. Like, what in the world is going through your mind to do that to someone else?!

Secre wrote on January 12, 2015, 11:25 AM

Astonishing how many people fall for these scams. My father was nearly a victim, but luckily had the foresight to email me asking if there was anything fishy about the email he'd received. My answer was YES! YES! YES! Click delete for heavens sake!!

arthurchappell wrote on February 26, 2015, 2:26 PM

Great advise if no one fell for such scams there wouldn't be any . They exist because they work. Tragic but true.

Deema wrote on May 2, 2015, 3:38 PM

Although I am receiving this information a bit late, it is still something valuable. I will keep this in mind for the festive season.