Q: The holiday season is upon us, which unfortunately often means that scammers are out in full force. Do you have any tips to avoid being taken advantage of?
A: The irony of the season is that among the goodwill, gifts, and parties, there is an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of the generosity of the community. I have a few things to look out for.

First, the old adage “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” is a true one. Don’t let your wish to save a few dollars cost you more in the long run. Be skeptical and do your due diligence with things like online shopping and donation solicitations. If you are buying online, shop at legitimate retailers with secure websites. For donation solicitations, be wary of phone calls asking for money for seemingly good causes. Call local organizations like the VFW to determine if they are truly behind the phone call asking for money to fund a veteran’s Christmas dinner.

Parents, look out for your children who are susceptible to scams with their online presence. Make sure they know that if they are meeting someone they don’t know to do a transaction, such as from Craigslist, to meet someplace safe, like at the sheriff’s department or police department parking lot. Take some time to educate your kids and instill in them the patience to do their own due diligence so they don’t get ripped off. 

College Day School Summer Programs 2020. Rotating themes each week will keep your child learning and excited to come back for more!

Q: Do you have any other holiday season tips?
A: I’d like to also stress to people to enjoy their time with family and to enjoy food and alcohol responsibly. Don’t over indulge and if you do, there are many options to get home safely including Uber, Lyft and taxis. Or just stay at the location of the party. 

Finally, what with people visiting, family decisions as to where to spend the holidays and potential financial burdens due to the time of the year, there is a lot of family stress. Unfortunately, we see domestic violence cases increase at this time of the year. If you are in a domestic violence situation, in St. Johns County, the Betty Griffin House offers counseling, emergency shelter and relocation. EPIC Community Services also offers family, alcohol and substance abuse counseling. These are all available for anyone to use — and please do, so you don’t need to have contact with law enforcement or the State Attorney’s office.

I’d like to wish everyone in our community peace, love and joy over the Holiday Season.

  • HarborChase independent & assisted living Memory Care Mandarin, call to schedule your virtual tour
  • Premier Homes Realty Inc. Michael Taylor and Tari Taylor
  • Advertise in our May Issue The Creek Line
  • Memorial emergency We have the compassionate team and technology to take great care of you or a loved one in an emergency
  • Ellegant earth solutions complete lawn maintenance with 28 years experience
  • Fresh Look Lawn Maintenance
  • I.T. Promise Inc. Computer Services Professional Computer Services business and residential
  • Pavers concrete and more Free estimates
  • Snip's Tree and stump service over 25 years experience
  • The right cleaners, LLC House cleaning services
  • Nautilus Behavior Health Let us help you and your family be at your best
  • Nemour's Childrens's Specialty
  • Quality Eye care 25+ years of experience
  • DIscount up to 30% Jim Register state farm agent
  • River City Roofing call today for your free roof inspection
  • Join us for Easter River of Life UMC
  • Vote Rod Hardwick for st johns county sheriff Working together for the strength of our community during challenging times
  • Preddy law firm estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, guardianship
  • Smiles by Glenos & Hadfic Orthodontists
  • Eddie Creamer Property appraiser
  • Luxury living and compassionate care come together at starling. Welcome Home.
  • Staverman Hearing Centers Hear loud and clear
  • Strandz hair studio. For a beautiful new you!
  • Support Community Journalism The Creek Line
  • Prudential Financial Planning Services with Andrew Laino
  • Julington Creek Chiropractic & Wellness Center P.A. serving st. johns county for nearly 21 years
  • Tutoring club. Worried about the FSA? WE CAN HELP.
  • Custom heating and air
  • Academy of Dance
  • Affordable Water
  • Baptist Medical Center South
  • All About Ballroom
  • Central Bank, Come see us for a small business loan!
  • Episcopal Church of Our Savior
  • Irritated Eyes? Your not alone its allergy season! Schedule an appointment with clayeye for some relief!
  • Do you only want cremation?
  • Craig Funeral services, Funeral, Crematory, Memorial Park
  • Cronin Ace Hardware
  • Vote for Christian Whitehurst! for St. Johns county commissioner, District 1
  • Ian MacDonald Mortgage loan originator with Regions Mortgage
  • Doug Nunnery, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,
  • Vote for Dr. Erick Aguilar Republican candidate U.S. House Fl 4th district
  • Finding the right doctor just got easier, Dr. Levine Baptist primary care
  • Nemetz dental associates
  • Deerwood Academy register now for 2020-2021 VPK
  • Excel Pediatrics 2 locations Durbin creek and Avenues
  • Eye center of st augustine, The eye surgery Center of St Augustine
  • Famous Automotive and tire center
  • Fruit Cove Baptist Church
  • The Goddard School summer camp
  • Havana Printing and office supply Call us today for all your cutome printing needs
  • The Legacy at st johns the ultimate resort styled living
  • Weaver and Stratton pediatric dentistry & orthodontics. Exams. Prizes. Fun!
  • Being Well Florida News line is excited to introduce Being Well magazine
  • The Windsor Senior living facility
  • Westminster Woods on Julington creek. Live well. Be Happy
  • Ackerman Cancer center, Leaders in proton therapy
  • Anytime Fitness summer countdown! Your friendly neighborhood 24 hour gym.
  • College Day School Summer Programs 2020. Rotating themes each week will keep your child learning and excited to come back for more!
  • David Gray Electrical! Get 15% off any plumbing or electrical service. David Gray can save the day
  • Elder Source for senior and care giver resources
  • Forever Vets Animal Hospital coupon for free exam and $5 off heartworm tests
  • Future home loans. North Florida's Premier Mortgage Expert Ryan Proffitt
  • David Jacobson Acounting LLC, We are here for you are your loved ones! We are ready to prepare your Personal and Business Tax Returns!
  • Keith Perniciaro for St Johns Sheriff
  • Millennium Physician Group is bringing back house calls.... Virtually
  • Support Community Journalism in Ponta Vedra NewsLine
  • Let them know you are open for business! Advertise in our May Issue! Ponta Vedra NewsLine
  • Let them know you are open for business! Advertise in our May Issue!
  • Tailored living Premier Garage solutions
  • Vicarslanding retirement resort, surrounded by acres of woods and lakes
  • Westminster St. Augustine. were here when you need us
  • Havana Printing 904-447-5021