Protecting Your Loved Ones from Identity Theft During the Holidays

Shopping for the holidays is now in full swing, but before you or your loved ones make those last minute purchases, there are a few things to keep in mind to protect your identity. Whether buying gifts at the mall or shopping online in the comfort of home, identity theft can be a real problem for consumers. In response to the growing risk of identity theft with online and in-store shopping, the Arizona Attorney General’s office has put together the following list of tips for this holiday season:

  • Shop trusted sites like Amazon.com, Target.com or other familiar retailers
  • Beware of misspellings or domain names using “.net” instead of “.com” as that is one of the common scams to trick customer
  • Secure websites start with “https://” and will also have a small lock in the lower-right corner of the screen
  • Never give anyone your credit card through email; use sites such as PayPal
  • Don’t share personal information, no store needs your social security number or birthday
  • Check billing statements for credit and debit cards regularly
  • Keep your receipts in your purse or wallet, not in your shopping bags
  • Make sure your receipts are emailed versus being physically mailed

If you find you or your loved one a victim of identity theft or fraud, call your local police or contact the Identity Theft Resource Center at 1-888-400-5530 for free assistance.

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 18, 2012