December 7, 2023
Porch pirating may get all the attention, but there are many holiday scams to be aware of this season. Photo by Mike Rhodes

By Rokita Press Office—

INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Todd Rokita is warning Hoosiers to watch for scams while finishing their holiday shopping this year.

“Christmas should be about celebrating faith and family and friends,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Amid each year’s festivities, though, it seems we must always contend with shameless con artists determined to defraud generous Hoosiers and separate them from their hard-earned money.”

Scammers are known to look for rushed, unsuspecting victims.

“This time of year,” Attorney General Rokita said, “individuals most absorbed in the season’s traditions could become easy prey to fraudsters. That includes shoppers hurrying to finish buying all the gifts on their lists. I encourage everyone to exercise vigilance to protect themselves.”

Attorney General Rokita offered the following tips for avoiding falling victim to scams:

  • When shopping online, stick to secure websites that have “https” in the address (or a lock icon) rather than just an unsecured “http” site.
  • Pay by credit card when online shopping. Always review your monthly statements for charges you don’t recognize. You can reverse charges or dispute a charge with your credit card company if necessary. It is more difficult to dispute charges on your debit card or obtain cash…

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