Don't be an easy target this holiday season! Use these tips to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Refuse To Be A Victim this holiday season

Fairfax, Virginia - A lot of Americans will be traveling around the country these next few weeks to spend the holidays with family and friends. Here at the NRA we want to make sure everyone has a fun, safe time have a few handy tips from Refuse To Be A Victim to make sure your home and valuables don't become a target for thieves.

Developed in 1993 in response to nationwide requests for crime prevention seminars, Refuse To Be A Victim teaches methods to avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations. For an afternoon of your time, you'll be presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices that you can integrate into your personal, home, automobile, telephone, technological, and travel security.

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Keep the kiddies safe and happy on All Hallows' Eve

Mom and son Trick or Treating at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Bethany Mullen, NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Coordinator, sent up the following tips for keeping all your ghouls and gobblins safe this Halloween:

  1. Know what route your children are taking to trick or treat and impress on them how important it is for them not to diverge from this route.
  2. No shortcuts. Fields, alleys, paths through the woods; all will take a few minutes off their journey but at night, in the dark, those shortcuts hold a danger of their own.
  3. Know where they are at all times.
  4. Make sure they never to go into anyone's house. Predators might ask the child to come into their house and wait while they "go get more candy." Tell your child to tell their parents and move onto the next house.

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Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Development Workshop first weekend of November

Refuse to be a Victim Program Coordinator Bethany Mullen is conducting an Instructor Development Workshop here at NRA Headquarters during the Halloween weekend. Here she is with the details ...

Fairfax, Virginia - When people think of the National Rifle Association, naturally they think of firearms. But did you know that the NRA offers a personal safety and crime prevention program that barely talks about firearms at all? That's right, we are committed to the safety of all people, whether or not they own firearms. That's why we created Refuse To Be A Victim® 21 years ago.

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When you share too much your privacy and personal information is no longer your own

Fairfax, Virginia - By now we’re all familiar with the infamous Nigerian Email scam; an unjustly deposed prince or official is in fear for their life and fleeing for the U.S. with $20,000,000 in tow. If you can front the prince (or official) a few thousand dollars then we’ll be be happy to send 10% of the treasure your way.

All such communications should be chalked up to the “if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t” category.

But the cyber cons don’t stop there. In the days where social media has all but takes over our monitors, it’s become all to clear that sharing every little aspect of your life comes with potential consequences. Enter NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim program.

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Don't get looking for a quick buck when the con artists call

NRA's Refuse to be a Victim program Fairfax, Virginia - During the first 6 months of 2014, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 12,000 complaints about scams involving people impersonating IRS agents. That's 36 times more complaints than the same period in 2013 received! Be very wary of the following scams:

  • Someone calls or emails saying they're from the IRS and you owe money. They say if you don't pay immediately, a warrant could be issued for your arrest.
  • Sometimes they recite personal information such as the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to sound credible. The number on the caller ID might even look legitimate or imitate the IRS toll-free number or the email address might be similar to actual IRS email addresses
  • Someone promises you a big refund if you let them prepare your taxes. People generally prey on people who do not have a filing requirement, such as low-income individuals or the elderly. They also target non-English speaking individuals. They charge big money for bad advice or worse yet, file the return and have the refund deposited into their account.
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Summer time usually means fun and sun but unfortunate it also bring out scammers and con artists. Look out for these common summer scams!

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NRA's National Community Outreach Manager Eric Lipp is back with a collection summer scams to keep an eye out for ...

Home improvement scams are common because summer is often a time for repairs and upgrades, and homeowners are often vulnerable to people offering home repairs. Some ploys include repairmen that do only superficial repairs to make something look nicer, or start a job and then add extra costs that are necessary in order to complete the job. Others may simply take your deposit money and then disappear into thin air.

To avoid this, make sure you check references and be leery of anyone appearing out of the blue offering home improvement services or those who are not insured... Read the rest of Refuse to a Victim's summer scammer tips ...

Criminals can steal your information without even entering your home!

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo Fairfax, Virginia - You can never be too safe out there.

Whether in the home or on the road, the potential for danger is all around you. Where you park, where you walk and how you act online put you in the potential crosshairs. That's where NRA's Refuse to be a Victim program comes into play.

"To make sure everyone stays on their toes, we like to send out reminders and tips to our students," said Bethany Mullen, NRA's Refuse to be a Victim coordinator. "But there's no reason why you can't share them with your readers too."

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Online program from the NRA geared to create instructors throughout the United States

NRA's Refuse to be Victim seminar Fairfax, Virginia - New jobs are always going to make you nervous.

No matter what your background, experience, or standing in the business community, there's going to be some apprehension when sitting behind the big desk for the first time. Usually you're asked to do one of two things; wait for the work to come to you or hit the ground running. For Bethany Weeks, now Bethany Mullen, it was time to run.

"There was no other choice," said Mullen.

For when Mullen walked in the doors of the National Rifle Association, she did so as Program Coordinator for their Refuse to be a Victim program — one of NRA's few ... Find out more about NRA's online Refuse to be a Victim Instructor program ...

NRA Webinar covering Women on Target, Refuse to be a Victim and Wilderness Escape

Fairfax, Virginia - While NRA's programs are meant for everyone, we do have a few that specifically cater to those of female persuasion. Programs created to welcome women into the wonderful world of shooting sports. Along with said programs are awards, endowments, scholarship and matches to match. But I'm might as well be talking Klingon to most of you, right? Here's how we're going to fix that.

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