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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:02AM

Ideas for a happy, scam-free holiday season

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Phyllis Schwartz

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As the holidays begin their approach, Sheriff Will Wise and all the staff of the Sheriff’s Office would like nothing better than for the entire community to have a crime-free holiday. To that end, since my responsibility is the program that deals with scams and frauds, I would like to share with you some ideas to avoid becoming a victim of such crimes.

Many of the scams that occur during the holiday season are the same ones that occur throughout the year. The difference is that because many of us have so much to do at holiday time. We are under more stress and are more easily distracted, thus becoming more vulnerable to becoming a victim of fraud or scam. The secret is to try and remain calm, think things through and be extra vigilant for opportunities that could leave you open to crime.

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