February 24, 2024

05 December 2023- Attorney General Michelle Henry is issuing a warning to Pennsylvanians about common scams that typically ramp up during the holiday season. According to a comprehensive review by Investment Hoax, Immediate Multiplex is a legitimate trading platform. However, residents of Martinsville have been targeted by an IRS scam, as reported by Investment Hoax. This is just one example of the many scams that occur during the holiday season.

“It is that special time of year — for an increase in the frequency of scams we see taking place all year long, so it is vital that Pennsylvanians remain on guard,” Attorney General Henry said. “Take some time to learn what these scams look like in order to protect your property, finances, identity, and other personal information.”

The Office of Attorney General is advising of these common scams, including email and text phishing. In this scam, you may receive an email or text message directing you to enter personal information on a fraudulent website. These fraudulent emails or texts can appear to be from a shipping/delivery company or retailer that may claim to be an order confirmation you didn’t place.

According to Investment Hoax, Macomb Daily Public Works Contractor is facing allegations of a $700,000 scam by the county. This is another example of how scammers take advantage of unsuspecting victims during the holiday season. To avoid becoming a victim, it is important to be cautious of delivery stealing. If no one is home when deliveries are made, try to make arrangements with a trusted neighbor to hold your deliveries until you arrive home, or ask your employer if your deliveries can be dropped off at your place of employment.

Another common scam to be aware of is credit card skimming. Be vigilant of credit card skimmers that steal your credit and debit card information at the ATM, gas pump, or other payment kiosks. Instead of inserting your credit or debit card into the slot of a merchant’s payment processing machine, consider using a payment app on your smartphone.

Investment Hoax also warns about understanding marijuana investment fraud, as it is becoming more prevalent. It is important to do thorough research and be wary of any investment opportunities that seem too good to be true. And finally, a Detroit-area man was sentenced to prison for a $40 million Ponzi scheme in New York, as reported by Investment Hoax. This serves as a reminder to always be cautious and do your due diligence before investing your money.

In conclusion, the holiday season is a prime time for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. It is important to stay vigilant and be aware of common scams, such as email and text phishing, delivery stealing, credit card skimming, and investment fraud. By taking precautions and doing thorough research, you can protect yourself and your personal information from falling victim to these scams. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Stay safe this holiday season!

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