It’s the beginning of the holiday season, a time when family and friends come together to celebrate. The bad news is that this is also when thieves of all kinds are trying a variety of scams. To help you keep the sparkle in your holidays, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants offers this advice on scams to avoid so you can keep the season merry.


Prevent package pilfering.


You could also become a victim if you leave packages inside your car in a quiet parking lot. To prevent criminals from breaking in and taking them, be sure to store them in your trunk before you park and try to leave your car in a busy area. Packages left on your front porch are another temptation for crooks, which is why it’s a good idea to have expensive items sent to your office, to arrange for deliveries when someone can be home and to require a signature, if possible, or to have them sent to a friend or relative who can accept them in person.


No one wants to think about crime this time of year, but a few simple actions can help you avoid becoming a victim.