We're getting to the heart of holiday shopping and giving season. And no matter how careful we think we are, there are people out there waiting for one slip up, to steal everything from your personal information to your money, and even packages delivered to your house.

Leeta Scott, Director of AARP Foundation's Fraud Fighter Call Center, shared tips to help safely navigate through the holiday season.

Call the AARP Fraud Watch Network's helpline with questions, or to report fraudulent activity: 877-908-3360

Connect with AARP on Facebook and Twitter: @AARPWA

Before giving to charity, very that the organization is registered with the Secretary of State’s Office by visiting www.sos.wa.gov or calling the Charities Hotline at 800-332-GIVE.

*This story is sponsored by AARP