Don’t get taken in this season

Published 10:40 am Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sadly, there are people in the world whose idea of holiday joy is stealing in any shape, form or fashion. They prey on the good nature of anyone who could be a victim, such as posing as a charity for any cause that sounds attractive. So we urge you to be aware of these lowlifes, particularly if they appear in person or call asking for your dollars or credit card.

  • Ask detailed questions, particularly if you’re unfamiliar with the organization. Be sure to get a name of the caller, phone number, website or email address. Listen and watch for how well they answer or if they seem unsure about themselves.
  • Ask how the donation will be spent.
  • Ask if the contribution is tax-deductible.
  • Don’t give out any personal information, and be on guard if you feel pressured in any way by the representative.
  • No cash. Period. Anyone who comes to collect dollars or checks right away shouldn’t be given the time of day.
  • If the charity sounds similar to one you already know is reputable, then check to see if it really serves the same purpose.

Being alert to such potential cheats can better ensure you won’t be crying instead of celebrating.