A Florida County Sheriff via The Recorder issued the following tips to prevent holiday crime. I’m going to break them down and shorten them up to keep it concise.
“We are coming up on one of the most festive times of the year for families with the celebration of several holidays. However, joy and fun can quickly turn to disappointment and sorrow when someone becomes a victim of a scam, burglary or online fraudulent holiday shopping scheme.”
Scams: Holiday cyber-crimes including fraudulent auction sites.
Protect: Do business with known sites. Look for high ratings and user approvals.
Scam: Resale of stolen or counterfeit gift cards
Protect: Only buy gift cards from well established retail environments and immediately check the card balance.
Scam: Reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards.
Protect: Generally reshipped stolen merchandise is much cheaper when sold online. If it’s too good to be true it’s hot!
Scam: Using an auction site or classified pages to advertise an item at a bargain price and the crook will charge your legitimate credit card for the order then use a separate stolen credit card to purchase the product and have it shipped.
Protect: Pay with PayPal so your credit card number and personal information is not shared with the seller.
Scam: Thieves break into cars in mall parking lots.
Protect: Lock your purchases in the trunk or out-of-site.
Scam: Purse snatchers are looking for easy money.
Protect: Carry purses with the strap going over one shoulder under your coat.
The holidays are a time to enjoy and get together with loved ones. An ounce of prevention can prevent holiday heartache.