TAKING ACTION: Police warn of holiday scams

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The holiday season is about giving, but during this time of year police see an increase in scams that involve your goodwill.

“There’s more people giving to charities at this time of year than any other time of year,” Scottsboro Police Lt. Erik Dohring says. “Bad guys know that, and so they try to take advantage.”

Lt. Dohring says they see an increase in scams involving organizations that often times don’t exist. “Sometimes we’ll have people going door to door, we’ll have people calling, soliciting people through the internet, social media, trying to get them to donate money to different charities,” Lt. Dohring says.

This latest trend during the holiday season is in addition to the other scams officers see year round.

Police say to do your homework before giving your money away. “People really need to be careful and really need to look into the charity that they decide to give to, and make sure it’s a legitimate charity and not just a scam,” Lt. Dohring says.

Officers say if you do get scammed it can be very difficult to get your money back.