Tis the season to be jolly, but your holiday joy may not be so merry and bright should you run across any of these popular holidays horror stories, from fraud to computer viruses.
Avoid seeing red after starting your holiday season shopping on Black Friday. Before you head out to the stores make sure you clean out your wallet. Yes, that’s right. Take only the credit or debit card that you plan on using and your Driver’s License. It only takes a minute to lift your wallet or purse from your shopping cart or back pocket and the more you have in there, the more you have to loose.
Make a list and check it twice. Store your credit cards and other financial information in a safe place. Make copies of those cards that you are carrying with you and be sure to attach contact information to your copies. This way if something does go wrong, you have all the information you need to start making it right.
Don’t be snowed under by requests for your information. Whether it is a pretending to be a non-profit agency or a “seller” of the latest and greatest tech gadgets that everyone must have, don’t supply your credit or debit card, checking or savings information over the phone or over the Internet. Identity thieves and credit card fraudster know what you want this holiday season, and they want it too. They just want you to pay for it.
Wrap up those receipts. Continue reading Don’t let ‘Season’s Greetings’ become ‘Season’s Stealings’