AARP: On-Line Scams Target Rural America As Well

You may think on-line scams and problems with making internet purchases are only reserved for those that live in a large community.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  AARP’s Sean Voskuhl said cyber scams are rampant during the holiday season, and you need to stay vigilant when shopping online.


“It’s important to remember that just because we’re not from the city, or urban areas, that doesn’t mean we’re not at risk to the many holiday scams. Cyber scams effect everyone, regardless of location, and not just for gift cards, but online farm products, too. It’s so easy these days to place an order online, but you have to be diligent in doing so.”


When ordering holiday items online, Voskuhl said, make sure the website you are purchasing from is reputable, check the web address to make sure where you are shopping is secure.  And when in doubt, don’t make a purchase.


Finally, Voskuhl said many in farm country like to give to those less fortunate this time of year; and scam artists know that.  Make sure you’re donations are going to a worthy cause.


“If you aren’t sure, verify the charity through and Charity Navigator. Always be very cautious of unsolicited phone calls, emails, and texts looking for donations. And often times, the best donations are the local ones you can make within your rural community.”


For additional tips from AARP, check out the Organization’s Website.



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