CPD: Tips to avoid holiday scams


CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Police Department (CPD) said residents need to be extra vigilant to avoid scams throughout the holiday season.  

CPD Public Relations Officer Adam Clark offered several ways to make sure calls you receive and items you’re purchasing are legitimate.  

“There are scams out there where a fraudulent website, almost identical to the legitimate website, is created,” Clark said. “These sites usually offer gifts at a discounted rate; don’t fall for prices that are too good to be true. Make sure you are buying from a legitimate website.” 

Clark said although there is typically more kindness and give-back type events during the holidays, make sure the events you’re giving to are in fact, real.  

“Although this is the ‘season of giving,’ make sure you are giving to a legitimate charity,” he said. “Look for local causes such as the Cullman Police Department’s Shop with a Cop, The Cullman County United Way, other options where you can see your donations going to, etc.”  

Clark also cautioned residents to be on the lookout for check scams.  

“This time of year, we have a rise in fraudulent check scams/fraudulent job scams,” he said.  “A person might be asked to be a secret shopper and receive a check as payment.  This is most likely a scam, and the check will be returned as fraudulent.” 

For questions about a scam or to report one, contact your local law enforcement agency.   

  • Cullman County Sheriff’s Office: 256-734-0342  
  • Cullman Police Department: 256-734-1434  
  • Hanceville Police Department: 256-352-9811  
  • Emergencies: 911