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Holiday scams on the rise, officials warn

Dec 16, 2021, 6:46 AM | Updated: 7:01 am
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Salt Lake City — Winter is a time to celebrate with family, give, and gather. Officials warn, it is also a time when holiday scams increase. 

The holidays see in a major uptick in donations, charity, and service. However, crimes by phone, social media, and the internet also increase during the season.

Although criminals don’t target a certain age group, senior adults are more likely to fall victim. 

“You have to be cautious about the kind of information you share with people you don’t know, even if they seem trustworthy,” said Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera.

Each year, thousands are victimized by a holiday scam. The scams can lead to a loss of money or identity. The most common holiday scams are a un-delivered item or an item purchased and never paid for.

“This time of year, we all worry about package theft, but porch pirates are not the only scammers to look out for,” Mayor Jenny Wilson said.

Remember not to share your social security number, bank information, or passwords with a stranger. When purchasing online verify the site is secure, check reviews, and verify the site is real. Don’t wire money straight to a vendor and don’t make purchases with a pre-paid gift card. If you fall victim, report is to your local police station.

“Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” said Mayor Wilson.


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