Holiday Safety Tips


Happy holidays from the Area Agency on Aging!

For many people, the holiday season includes lots of preparation, celebration, and shopping. Scammers know this, and they may try to trick you or take advantage of you. Below are some safety tips to help you keep the season merry by avoiding holiday scams and other crimes.












Online Shopping

  • If you shop online, make sure you are using a secure website. To check if a website is secure, look for “https://” in the web address or look for a small padlock symbol near the top of the page.
  • Use a credit card with a low limit for online shopping. This helps limit the amount of damage someone can do if they get your card information.
  • Use a different password for each website.



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Giving to Charities

  • The holidays can be a time for giving, but make sure your gifts do not end up in the wrong hands! 
  • Do not make charitable contributions over the phone. Instead, ask the caller to send you information in the mail.
  • If you receive a request for a donation, look up the charity’s information at or Make sure the charity is legitimate, and make sure the contact information on the request is the same as the contact information listed on these sites for the charity.


Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft

  • If you receive an email or phone call saying there is suspicious activity on your account, contact your credit card company as soon as possible. Always call the phone number listed on the back of your credit card. Do not call any numbers that are provided in a voicemail, call, text message, or email.
  • Limit the number of credit cards you carry with you. You do not need to carry more than two.
  • Do not keep your Social Security card in your purse or wallet.
  • Make a New Year’s resolution to check your credit report. You can get your free credit reports online at or request a copy by mail by calling 1-877-322-8228. You are entitled to one free credit report per year from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
    • Are there any accounts listed that you did not open? Is there any information you do not recognize? Call the Elder Rights Center at (561) 684-5885. We can help you report any issues to the creditors and credit reporting agencies.


General Tips

  • Shop wisely! Do your research to compare prices and be sure to double-check shipping fees.
  • At stores or malls, do not leave packages or purchases visible in your vehicle. Instead, lock them in your trunk. Remember to lock your doors when you leave your car!




Please contact us at (561) 684-5885 ext. 59218 to request a free presentation in your community on any of the following topics: Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation; Fraud, Scams, and Identity Theft; Financial Caregiving Strategies; Senior Sensitivity or Disability Sensitivity. 


Heartfelt greetings for a healthy and happy holiday season and a peaceful and productive New Year!  

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