Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Scams

Every year, scams happen around the holidays. And every year, scams seem to get nastier as ever. Holidays bring people's guards down. This may be due to their busyness and light spirits connected with the holidays. Scammers take advantage of this opportunity. So, yearly, there is increasing number of holiday-related scam victims in the U.S.

The most common holiday scams reported were:
1. Approved holiday loans. Everyone would love to have extra dollars to spend during the holidays. So most falls prey to this invitation. They readily give out personal information thus making the criminals access their personal accounts.

2. IRS calls. The caller would pretend that he is from the IRS and threat the victim that they will repossess his money.

3. Free Grant Money. A promise of something from nothing which can easily victimize people especially those who believes so much in luck.

4. Holiday lottery winners. The criminal will call the victim and announce to him that he won in a lottery, that his winning number is from the grocery number receipt he got when he shopped for the holiday goodies.

Rule of thumb! Anything that is too good to be true is nothing else but that. And threats from government intervention is also a big lie. This holiday, be mindful of these scams and do not let the holiday rush rush you to shelving out your information as well. Use phone directory online to know more about the phone number from where you get such offers from.

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