Raising awareness: NC/SC gov’t offices share tips to avoid holiday scams
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Tis the season for sharing and caring, but unfortunately, also a prime time for scams and crime. To help raise awareness for consumers, the SC Department of Consumer Affairs and the NC Attorney General’s Office have put together information to help you avoid scams this holiday season.
WHAT TO KNOW IN SC:
In its special holiday edition of Consumer Alerts, the SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs shares a wealth of shopping tips related to layaways, yearend car buying, and how to avoid the most common holiday scams and faux charities. Past issues of the Consumer Alerts publication are available here.
Also, the SC Department of Revenue and the IRS highlight the importance of staying alert as tax season approaches.
Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Seek professional advice from the IRS or a tax professional before you subscribe to any scheme that offers exemption from your obligation as a United States Citizen to pay taxes. Buying into a tax evasion scheme can be very costly.
More information on this and other security news is available at the DOR’s Security Center here and/or at IRS.gov.
WHAT TO KNOW IN NC:
According to the NC Attorney General’s Office, it’s important this holiday season to be on the lookout for phony charities with sound-alike names designed to remind you of legitimate charities. To separate real charities from fakes or to identify charities that make the best use of your donations, check out a charity’s annual report with the Secretary of State’s Office. You can also use resources like Charity Watch and the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance.
Also on the Attorney General’s website, you can find tips on how to avoid other scams including holiday mail scams, shopping scams, investment scams and imposter scams. Click here to go to that special webpage.
The North Carolina Department of Justice has many helpful tips for consumers at ncdoj.gov. Visit the site to learn more about internet and consumer safety, or to file a complaint if you’ve been scammed or treated unfairly by a business.
The Carolinas Credit Union League’s Compliance Department is here to help should you need additional resources or assistance.