How to avoid scams this holiday season

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The holiday season isn't exempt from scams and it's important to be extra vigilant.

Recently, the Canandaigua Emergency Squad (CES) was informed that someone had been calling and requesting donations for the East Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance, which is a division of CES. CES does not call for donations, therefore this call was a scam with the intention of stealing money.

CES says to call 911 if you receive a call asking for a donation and you know it is a scam. They say a lot of organizations do not call looking for donations, so don't give out any personal information over the phone.

Also, unless you provided your email address to an organization, assume that email solicitations with that charity's name are scam.

People should look out for "soundalike" names, such as the National Heart Association, which in reality, is the American Heart Association.

CES Chief Matt Sproul joined us on Good Day Rochester to give us more tips on how to avoid getting scammed.

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