Scammers Seek to Take Advantage of Holiday Cheer

Christmas is a great time to reach out, serve and help those in need. In the process, law enforcement is urging citizens to be smart about their giving and simply make sure the cause you’re contributing to is legitimate. “People let down their guard every Christmas,” shares the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office. “Scammers are calling people and asking for money, playing off the public’s desire to help. Unfortunately, those that do not verify the organization are often getting scammed.” The Sheriff’s Office reports that scammers will use almost any tactic including social media and instant messaging. “It’s a good season to be grateful and go the extra mile for others but do not do so blindly.” Always ask questions of those asking for donations and then hang up and double check their information before giving your money.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.