Holiday Theft Awareness

To prevent theft of your credit card or other personal information over the upcoming holiday period, Triple A recommends that you stick to familiar websites that you know are secure, beware of fake gift cards offered through websites or third parties, be wary of who you accept an e-card from, if you donate, be sure the charity you’re donating to is legitimate, don’t shop online or access/type personal data while using an unsecured Wi-Fi connection, when shopping at retail locations, don’t let your credit card out of sight. Make sure your purse or wallet is secure at all times. If using a debit card, protect your pin number from sight and consider purchasing an RFID blocking product. Keep your smartphone in a secure place at all times, and use a passcode lock feature if it has one. Thieves can access a trove of personal data by stealing an unsecured cell phone.

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