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Officials from Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs are offering several tips this holiday season to help avoid scam artists trying to take advantage of shoppers.

Officials say never give to a charity unless you know its history, purpose and reputation. Virginia law requires most charities that solicit donations to register with the Office of Consumer Affairs, so one option is to search the agency's website to verify if an organization is legitimate.

Officials also say don't give cash or give in if pressured to donate, and take a close look at any gift offers that come with mail solicitations.

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