Scammers are looking to cash in on your holiday shopping

December 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Kansas City, KS - Tis the season for holiday scams, and the crooks are looking to cash in even when it comes to charitable giving. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt advises you to bring your common sense to the keyboard and make a charitable giving plan. 

"Sit down, plan out your plan, and then give your money on your terms instead of waiting for solicitations to come in," advises Schmidt. 

He says  there's a website that charities need to register with in the state of Kansas that you can go to see if you're donating to a reputable charity. He also says to check out online retailers before making a purchase.

"If your searching up a product and clicking a link you could be in trouble," according to Schmidt, "You don't know who you're dealing with. If you're lucky, you're lucky, but if you're not lucky you might have somebody who's either in bad business practices and you have trouble with the product or the services, or they're just strait up crooks and they're out to take your money and run."

Though scammers like to target senior citizens, Schmidt says 25 year olds are just as much at risk as 75 year olds. He also suggests using your credit card for online purchases over your bank card for an added layer of protection. 

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