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Keeping your Holiday Shopping Merry and Bright

Keeping your Holiday Shopping Merry and Bright

Before you find the best holiday deals, take time to make sure you’re shopping safely.

Keep your holiday shopping merry and bright by following a few of our tips for protecting your personal and financial information:

Black Friday

  • Keep track of your purchases. Big shopping holidays with deal-crazed shoppers are the perfect target for identity theft! If you don’t recognize a charge on your bank statement, contact us right away.

Cyber Monday

  • Beware of email/text scams for sales. Think before clicking the link. Many times hackers will send a fake link and your device will download spyware when clicked.
  • Shop only on secure websites with an “https” address.
  • Never make purchases online over a public WiFi network. Information shared on these networks can potentially be accessed by someone else and can get into the wrong hands.
  • Check out our previous blog post on keeping your financial information safe online.

Giving Tuesday

  • While lots of us are in the holiday giving spirit, unfortunately, some are more eager to receive than give. Even if it means making up a charity for money. Be cautious of fake charities on platforms like GoFundMe. You can verify a charity by searching it on give.org, the website for the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (WGA).
  • Charity scams often use fake names that sound like a real charity. Make sure you do your research and verify that the charity is valid.

Contact us if you have any questions about protecting your financial information this holiday season.

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