State officials offer tips to avoid holiday-themed scams

NASHVILLE — State officials are urging consumers to be on the lookout for holiday-themed scams.

“Scammers use the holidays as a chance to prey on people’s better natures,” Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini states in a release. “They will use any means necessary to get what they want from you. Don’t become a victim of scammers during the holidays.”

Below are tips from the TDCI to help avoid falling prey to a holiday scammer.

  • Be suspicious of anyone requiring you to send money with prepaid money cards.
  • Pay as often as you can with a major credit card offering fraud protection.
  • Before donating, check to see if the charity is registered with the Tennessee Secretary of State.
  • If contacted by phone about making a donation, avoid being pressured to make an immediate donation. Don’t hesitate to ask questions to get more information.
  • Donate to charities that you trust and are well-established.
  • Never write out a check or give cash to an individual solicitor. Write out checks to the name of the organization or use a credit card.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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