Protecting yourself against Credit and Debit Card Fraud


Holiday Shopping Tips

This year many shoppers will be out early to find those big bargains on Black Friday or online for Cyber Monday, but the criminals will be out too.

  • Do not buy more than you can carry
  • Shop online with companies you know and trust
  • Don’t leave your purse or cell phone unattended in your cart.  Keep it close to you at all times, and keep purses zippered shut
  • Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases
  • Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook
  • Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit
  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help
  • Online Scams- don’t send money, or codes from pre-purchased gift cards over the phone

Warm Up Thieves

  • During the cold winter months, area drivers may be tempted to warm up their cars while they stay warm inside. But cars left running, unlocked, and unattended are quick and easy targets for thieves
  • Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it
  • Keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk
  • Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it is in your driveway,
    garage, or in front of your home

  • Be alert when approaching your car, have a plan of action, and have your keys in your hand
  • Only park your car in busy, well-lighted areas
  • If your vehicle has an alarm or other anti-theft device, use it 

Courtesy of National Crime Prevention Council