The holidays are here, and many of us are starting to shop for the perfect gifts for family and friends. But as the busy holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, scammers are getting ready, too. While identity theft is a year-round concern, scammers take advantage of all the holiday distractions to target shoppers in-store and online.
So, what can you do to keep your accounts and personal information secure over the holidays? Shop smart and protect your identity with these helpful tips.
How to avoid holiday identity theft:
There's a lot you can do to help keep your personal information out of the wrong hands this holiday season. For example —
When shopping online:
When shopping in-store:
Especially during the holidays, keep a close eye on your bills and account statements. When you're making multiple purchases in one day, it can be easy to overlook a fraudulent charge, so monitor your activity carefully!
What are the signs of identity theft?
Unfortunately, identity theft can happen to anyone, even if you take steps to prevent it.
Here are some of the signs that someone may have access to your information:
What to do if you think you've been a victim of identity theft:
If you discover that your personal information has been lost, stolen or exposed, it's important to take action right away to prevent the fraud from continuing.
Follow these steps if you think your personal information has been compromised:
Helping you prevent fraud during the holidays and all year round!
At Wright-Patt Credit Union, we believe it's more important than ever to help our members safeguard their hard-earned money and personal information. We have the tips, tools, and resources to help you protect your accounts and information against the threat of fraud. Learn more about fraud education and awareness and find more helpful fraud prevention tips and resources at WPCU.coop/StopFraud.