Red and green decorations. Christmas trees. Twinkling lights. It’s called the “most wonderful time of the year” for good reason. With all of the joy and merriment about, it’s hard to not be enchanted by the holiday season. But don’t let all of the glitter get into your eyes.  As you prepare for the holiday season, be sure to do so safely and securely.

The holiday season brings out good will in people, but it also brings out the scammers. The “grandchild in trouble” is an “oldie but goodie” when it comes to holiday scams. In this scenario, unsuspecting victims receive calls from fraudsters, posing as beloved grandchildren, and hoping to extort some cash from grandma or grandpa. Don’t fall for it!

Before sending or wiring any money to someone on the other end of the phone, confirm their identity. Ask them to verify their birthdate or yours. Question them about family details no one else would know. Call another family member or their parents to be sure that the caller is truly your beloved grandchild, and not a scam artist.

Online shopping is convenient, as it saves you from visiting overcrowded stores. Be sure, however, that the online retailer’s site is safe. If the web address doesn’t begin with “https,” it could mean that the website isn’t secure, which means your credit card details aren’t, either. When buying…

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