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WXVU MAINLINE NEWS MINUTE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4

Written by on December 4, 2023

By: Gabriella Raful

The holiday shopping season is already in full swing, and A-A-R-P Pennsylvania has some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft. The latest A-A-R-P study found 76-percent, or roughly three out of four, U-S adults 18 or older have been targeted by at least one form of fraud. Associate State Director David Kalinoski at A-A-R-P Pennsylvania says the most common scams are related to online shopping, empty gift cards and package delivery.

:18  “Sometimes criminals go into stores and scratch off the strips on the back of the gift card. They get the PIN number and then return it to the store racks. And once the card is loaded, scammers drain the funds, because they have technology that can instantaneously let somebody know when that gift card was activated.”

Kalinoski says they recommend purchasing gift cards directly from the card issuer’s website. He adds that to receive timely updates on the latest scams and fraud schemes, Pennsylvania residents can enroll in bi-weekly fraud alerts via text messaging. Simply text the abbreviation ‘F-W-N’ (which stands for Fraud Watch Network) to the number 5-0-7-5-7.