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Holiday Identity Theft

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The Holiday Season sometimes brings out the best and the worst in people. Theft is always higher during the Holidays, so while shopping this Holiday season please use some caution to prevent Identity Theft.

Below are some tips that could save you some money and lost of time by NOT becoming a victim of Identity Theft.

Use secure online shopping sites – at the beginning of the site’s URL you should see SHTTP or HTTPS indicating the purchase is secure/encrypted.

Check out the seller – look for online merchants that are a member of verisign.com or bbbonline.org.

Use caution with social media – Be suspicious of offers you didn’t sign up to receive even if they come from “friends”. This is becoming a bigger and bigger problem.

Never give out your account numbers or Social Security Number!

Consider how you’ll pay – use a credit card whenever you can in case anything goes wrong with the order. You should be able to dispute charges later.

Use a secure computer – Don’t save your info on a public computer.

If you have any fear that your identity has been stolen contact the Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-ID-THEFT.

The Tamra Wade and Partners team hopes these tips will help you while shopping during this holiday season and future ones to come. We wish you a blessed holiday with your family and friends.


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