It's the most wonderful time of the year for scam artists

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

It’s the most wonderful time of the year---especially for scam artists.

The Attorney General's Office is warning that scammers could be anywhere this holiday season.

Officials say scams are reported throughout the year but most people fall victim to them during the holidays.

The holiday season is prime time for scam artists to pull off their latest scheme.

“The holidays are a time where a lot of folks want to give to their favorite charities and it's the season of giving and you have a lot of folks who are asking people to give,” said Allison Martin with the Attorney General’s Office.

But sometimes its scammers asking people to give and preying on those who least expect it.

“The elderly is what I see hit the most. The elderly are 90% of it,” said Postmaster Nick Walker.

Nick Walker has been a Postmaster for more than a decade.

He says scams come through the mail on a daily basis claiming that the recipient has won a sweepstakes or a cash prize.

“The general rule of thumb with sweepstakes is if you have to pay to collect your money, it is a hoax.”

He says if your personal information gets into the wrong hands--it can cost you a pretty penny.

“They sell your information to other scammers. They say we've gotten x amount of money out of this person and you can do the same.”

Also, be cautious of emails, phone calls or text messages saying you've won a prize.

If you donate to a charity make sure you know who is really receiving your money.

If the organization seems sketchy or the offer seems too good to be true--it's probably a scam.

Below is a link to the Attorney General’s Office where you can find more information about scams:

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