Friday, October 24th, 2014

AARP Advises Seniors To Watch Out For Scam Artists During The Gift-giving Holiday

Millions of Americans will venture out to big and small retailers in search of the best deals on items for their holiday gift-giving, and experts advise them to have the same diligence when it comes to picking a charity. According to AARP, older Americans are more likely to receive charitable solicitations than any other group, and not all requests are legitimate, warns Doug Shadel, author of AARP's "Outsmarting the Scam Artists.".
Shadel advises seniors and others to be cautious of charities with names similar to more well-known organizations. You can also request written information, avoid giving cash, and get a receipt for any donation. According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 25 million Americans are victims of consumer fraud every year.

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