Officials warn shoppers to watch out

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel are warning Oklahomans to watch out for thieves who could ruin their holiday shopping experiences.

The officials say shoppers should pay attention to their surroundings to protect themselves from financial fraud and old-fashioned theft.

They urged consumers to take steps to safeguard personal data, PIN numbers and credit card information and not to leave purchases in plain view in unattended vehicles.

Tuesday's alert is part of a three-part consumer protection series entitled "Fraud Doesn't Take a Holiday."

The campaign is designed to educate Oklahomans about common holiday scams and crimes and provide consumers with basic fraud-prevention tips.

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