|Tips to Avoid Charity Scams During This Holiday Season|
Katalin Parti - Virginia Tech
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November 17, 2023
For many people, the holiday season is a time to giveback. It’s also the time of year when scammers ramp up their efforts to take advantage of your goodwill to steal your hard earned money.
Virginia Tech cybercrime expert Katalin Parti explains that charity scammers typically impersonate other successful charities. “They may call you using a local phone number,” says Parti. “That tactic can give you a false sense of security.”
Once they get you on the line, it’s time for the scammer to make their pitch. “It will be a good one. It will tug at your heart-strings,” says Parti. “But listen closely because they will never actually specify how they will help. They may even claim that you’ve donated before and ask you to do it again.”
Parti recommends keeping the following in mind when giving this holiday season:
See the original at Virginia Tech
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