#romancescams | ‘Tis the season … for scams

The holidays are quickly approaching and so is the holiday scam season.

Fostoria police remind citizens that criminals continue to steal money in the name of false charities and nonexistent organizations, especially during the Christmas season.

As a reminder, police offer these tips if you are called, texted, emailed or mailed anything requesting donations:

• If it sounds too good to be true, it IS!

• Contact the organization to see if it is truly collecting donations. Don’t call back the number they called you on or told you to call. Look it up yourself.

• If you believe it is a scam, hang up. Remember, they can input any phone number to make you believe it is a local call.

• Most social media deals are scams. Retailers are inundated with these.

• Do not give any personal information, including your full name, date of birth, Social Security number or credit card/banking information.

• If you didn’t sign up for it, you couldn’t have won it.

• Don’t reply to emails, even out of curiosity. They’ll continue to contact you if you show any interest.

• Romance scams are the worst. Sorry, they really don’t love you, they’ll just love your money. Remember, as the song goes, you “can’t buy me love.”

For those concerned about any charitable organization, the following websites can help individuals make an informed decision:

• https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/

• https://charitableregistration.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Charities/Research-Charities.aspx

• https://www.bbb.org

• https://www.charitywatch.org

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