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Don't Get Grinched

A Grinchless Season

I donít want to sound like the Grinch this fine day, but I write this dire warning with something serious to sayÖ

Whilst the holidays approach with stores full as a zoo, the Grinches and Goblins are out looking for youÖ 

As we hop and we shop from store to fine store, hoisting gidgets and gadgets into bags too large to ignore, the secret we discover of one who shops deft is learning to avoid identity theft. presents:
Tips for a Grinchless Holiday Season

  • Be wary about giving out your Social Security number. Many reputable businesses will allow you to use another form of identification

  • Never give out any personal information over the phone unless you already trust the organization and are sure they are the ones asking for the information

  • Be crafty when devising your passwords. Donít always use the same code number, make sure it is something that you will remember, but not as easy to find as your date of birth

  • Donít shop alone if possible

  • Park in well lighted areas and donít overburden yourself with packages

  • Remain aware of your surroundings

  • Be cautious when keying in PIN numbers at ATMís or the cash register

  • Leave your extra credit cards and unnecessary forms of identification at home

  • Online: make sure that the organization has a street address and working customer phone number.  Check their privacy policies before making transactions

  • When you get the ĎIMPORTANTí email from the company you think you know, asking you for personal information about your account by clicking on the link provided. DONíT click on the link. Donít hesitate, just delete the entire message

They used to say on television ďBe careful out thereĒ and that applies to you.

But do have as much fun as a Who from Whoville would do.

(And a week from today is Black Friday, too.)


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