Money. It’s on everyone’s mind during the holiday season.
While some are spending it on gifts for loved ones, others are plotting scams that could put a damper on the jolliest of holiday spirits.
Earlier this year the Federal Trade Commission released a list of the top three categories of scams reported. They are (1) imposter scams, (2) debt collection and (3) identity theft.
To help you stay ahead of the criminal minds this holiday season, the University of Texas Police at Houston will be offering two scam-related safety presentations during the month of December. The first class, Identity Theft Awareness, takes place on Dec. 12 at noon in Pickens Tower.
This one-hour course teaches attendees about various kinds of identity theft, ways to protect against identity theft and the impact identity theft can have on its victims. The course also discusses action steps and resources for victims of the crime.
On Dec. 19, a presentation titled, Don’t Fall For It – Scams and How to Spot Them, will take place at 10 a.m. in 1 MC. This course, also one-hour, familiarizes attendees with Texas laws associated with common scams. Guidance is provided on how to spot scams, tips to protect yourself and how to report a scam.
“During the holidays people may have so much on their minds that they might forget to watch out for scammers and their scams,” says Community Outreach Officer Manuel Leston. “I look forward to raising awareness during this time and advance our shared purpose of prevention, preparedness and protection.”