Holiday Scams - How NOT to Fall into the Trap

Bismarck - During the holidays, many of us start shopping for loved ones or donating to the less fortunate...

But, the Bismarck Police are warning you to be cautious of scams that come along with the season of giving.

Emily Medalen talks about how we can avoid falling into a trap.

There are ways to make sure your packages and money stay in your possession.

I spoke with the Bismarck Police Department.
They told me that being careful when you shop online is a big one this year - but theft of physical packages and money is a concern as well.

Officer Pat Renz says thieves look for packages, purses, and wallets through car windows in parking lots.
He says to put your belongings in the trunk of your vehicle, out of sight.

Keep in mind that websites asking for your social security number when making a payment are not safe.
Make sure sites have the http:// and a lock symbol in the URL to prove that it's secure.

He also says that many fake charities pop up around this time of year - and to be extra careful who you freely give your money to.
"You want to be aware of strangers that approach you and have a down and out, hard luck story about their life - and really, they're not that bad off, or they're not bad off at all. They're just looking to scam some money out of you during your more charitable time of the year," said Officer Renz.

He added that if you start getting e-mails or ads popping up for charities that you're not familiar with, do your research before you donate.


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