Watch Out for Fake Sandy Donation Sites: 5 Things to Know for the Week

Simon Zhen

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Posted on Mon Nov 12, 2012, Last Updated on Fri Nov 16, 2012

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Watch Out for Fake Sandy Donation Sites: 5 Things to Know for the Week

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Fraudsters will take advantage of your good nature any day. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, crooks are ramping up their attempts to scam well-meaning people who simply want to perform a nice gesture and help those in need. Fake donation websites could turn an act of kindness into a case of fraud.

  • Monday is Veterans Day. While it is still a work day for many Americans, most banks in the country will be closed in observance of the federal holiday. If you needs to conduct any banking, try to use online/mobile banking or visit an ATM. Also, certain transactions may take an extra day to clear.
  • A new update for the American Express iPhone mobile application allows cardmembers to redeem their reward points for mobile gift codes at participating retailers. Cardmembers simply display the gift code and the retailer will scan it. These gift codes can be refilled with reward points.
  • On Thursday, the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its latest board meeting. The central bank did not announce any major changes to its policy action but the minutes can reveal more insights on how the Fed views the U.S. economy.
  • As the Northeast continues its recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, everyone should be careful with their generous donations. There are a slew of fake donation websites that try to take advantage of donors’ good intentions. These fake websites could be collecting personal and financial information with the goal of stealing credit-card numbers and identities.
  • With Thanksgiving slowly creeping up, there’s only one thing on the mind of hardcore shoppers: Black Friday. And, the craze went up a notch as retailers, such as Sears and Walmart, will begin opening doors earlier than ever — at 8 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, many other stores will start their sales at midnight. If you plan on snagging the best deals, you may have to head out right after the big dinner.

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