The Holiday Season

We have Thanksgiving coming up in about 10 days from the date of this post.  People will be running here and there in preparation for relatives coming over for Thanksgiving dinner.  It's this time of the year when the criminal element of society preys on those who are oblivious to their surroundings due to their single-minded approach toward the holidays. Now, people are busy going to the supermarket getting everything they need for Thanksgiving dinner.  The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is a day like no other.  When November rolls around on your calendar, criminals lick their chops in preparation for their own "Thanksgiving" and their own "Christmas gifts."   You are the focus of their plans for this time of year.  This time of year all kinds of scams are going forth.  I heard about one where some people are pretending to be workers for the Salvation Army and are going door to door to collect for the poor so they can have Thanksgiving dinner at their homes.  Ladies and gentlemen, the Salvation Army doesn't come to your house unless you invite them.  Even then, it is to pick up old furniture, clothing, blankets, etc.  They are in front of department stores to collect for the poor.  They don't go door to door, at least in my area.  It is a scam that is going around.  So, please beware.  There are other scams such as people posing to be representing some obscure charity.  Never give anything to these people unless they have a badge identifying themselves.  Most charities have to be licensed by your city.  Use your common sense when dealing with these people.

During the holidays, people are in such a hurry they don't pay attention to their surroundings.  Criminals have got their eyes on you, particularly women who are alone or the elderly.  Park as close to the front of the store as possible.  If that is not possible, try to go another time of the day (early in the morning, for example) or go to a store with parking lot security.  Criminals are watching you in these stores looking for a weakness to exploit.  Just be wary during the holiday season.  There is no reason why you can't have an enjoyable holiday season.  But, just know there are those around who don't care about you or your holiday enjoyment.


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