Around this time of year, the sales are hot and everyone is gearing up to buy presents, decorations, clothing and more. Criminals count on these heightened emotions to find easy targets for scams and theft.
Pay attention to your receipts and statements:
This is a great way to keep track of spending and manage your holiday budget. It’s also a good reference to verify unknown charges on one of your accounts. Sometimes it could be forgetfulness, other times it could be theft.
Always do your research before donating to a charity, especially during the holiday season. If you’ve never heard of it before, it only takes a minute to search it online. Unfortunately, this is often the time of year where we see a rise in charity scams. If you’d like to give this holiday season, contact your charity of choice directly to find out how you can donate to their organization. If you’re still iffy about giving money, donate your time to an organization in need.
Protect Yourself Online:
Don’t let those sales fool you. When shopping online, avoid third-party websites. We’ve all heard the horror stories of ordering things from pop up sites and never receiving them, only to find out the shop has disappeared and you have nothing to show for it. Don’t do what’s convenient, do what’s right.
We hope you’ll keep these suggestions in mind in order to protect your personal information and finances during this busy time of year. Happy holidays!
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