Fall is in the air! October's newsletter discusses charity scams and how to make sure the donations you give are to a credible organization. Also, learn how to shop smarter using packaged food hacks, your freezer and shopping store tips.
With the holidays around the corner, ‘tis the season for gift giving; however, is it really a gift you want to give?
A stick man dragging a holiday package with a lasso.
Charity fraud schemes seek donations for some organizations that do little or no work—instead, the money goes to the fake charity's creator. While these scams can happen at any time, they are especially prevalent around the holidays. Criminals often use the holidays to play on our emotions and empty our pocketbooks.
To avoid becoming a victim of holiday charity scams the Federal Communications Commission recommends the following:
One more reminder: Scammers often spoof2 phone numbers that appear in your caller ID display and try to trick you into answering the phone or responding to a text. They might try spoofing a legitimate charity's number or use a local number, so you'll think the caller or texter is someone you know. Don't answer calls or respond to texts from unknown numbers. And if you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
If you suspect a scam, call the AARP Fraud Watch Network™ at 877-908-3360. This is a toll-free service that is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
1Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails or other messages claiming to be from reputable companies to convince individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
2Spoofing is the act of disguising a communication from an unknown source as being from a known, trusted source. Spoofing can apply to emails, phone calls, and websites, or can be more technical, such as a computer spoofing an IP address.
Make ready-made meals more filling with these quick tips.
Boxed, Canned or Frozen DinnersBulk up ramen, rice or pasta with vegetables and lean meat for a more satisfying meal.
Frozen PizzaMake a regular cheese pizza more filling by topping it with your favorite cooked vegetables and lean protein, like turkey sausage.
Frozen Breaded Chicken or FishLook for versions with less sodium and saturated fat. Enjoy with a salad and sweet potato fries for a balanced meal.
Try buying frozen fruit when your favorites aren’t in season. Blend into smoothies.Save money by buying the refrigerated or frozen family-size bag of chicken.
Cooked chicken pieces
Shop Smarter. Follow these tips to save time and money on your next journey to the grocery store.
All Forms CountFresh, frozen, and canned fruits and veggies are all great options. See if youcan find low or no-sodium options.
Shop in seasonChoose fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season to save money.
Compare Unit PricesItems are packaged in different sizes and amounts, so examining cost per unit is the best way to compare prices.
An EEO/AA institution. This material was funded by USDA’s SupplementalNutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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