Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams
posted on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Fraud
‘Tis the season for holiday gifting, and many shoppers will go online this time of year to find the best deals on popular items. But the sellers you buy from may not be what they seem.
Thousands of people become victims of holiday scams every year. Scammers can rob you of your hard-earned money, personal information, and, at the very least, a festive mood.
Do your part to avoid becoming a victim. These simple tips can help you look out for scammers during the holiday season or any other time of year:
If you do become the victim of a holiday scam, contact your financial institution immediately. You should also inform your local law enforcement agency and tell the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
Lastly, a friendly reminder that your financial institution will never call and ask you for your card number, 4 digit pin, online banking credentials, etc. Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Don’t confirm the last 4 digits. And don’t give a bank account or credit card number – ever – to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
- Jessica S