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Target 2: Season for Giving... Season for Taking


The holidays bring out the best and worst in people.

It's the season for giving... and the season for taking.

The most frequent target is the elderly.

"Scammers are often using the holidays as a backdrop to solicit people," US Postal Inspector Lori Groen said. "They think people are a little more trusting during that time and a little more giving."

As you visit parents and grandparents for the holidays, here are a few things to watch for and talk about.

"First, look for solicitations of sweepstakes, things that say they have won fabulous prizes. Also, look for foreign lotteries. All foreign lotteries through the mail are illegal," Groen said.

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Another warning from postal inspectors: beware of offerings of so-called valuable items like watches, gloves, and jewelry.

"This was something that was described as some fabulous jewelry that someone would have one in a sweepstakes. In reality, it's nothing but costume jewelry."

Also keep in mind that many dishonest people will be dialing for dollars during the holidays.

Never give out your personal information over the phone.

And don't donate money unless you know exactly who you're dealing with.

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