Tis the season to be frauded, fa la la la la, la la la la! (I’m not sure “frauded” is a real word, but I needed something with two syllables to make that line work.) Anyway, scams are everywhere this time of year, and we have a list of ways to help prevent being a victim!
The National Fraud Center has released its Top 10 List of ways to keep from becoming a victim of consumer fraud.
- Never leave your card, receipts or carbons behind after a transaction.
- At an ATM be sure to shield others from seeing what you punch in.
- Be very wary of requests for you to disclose your Social Security Number.
- Never carry your Personal identification number in your wallet.
- Limit the number of credit cards you carry with you (NONE is a good number).
- Never give your account numbers to anyone calling you on the phone.
- Keep a list of all account numbers somewhere at home so you can refer to them if your wallet or purse is stolen.
- Never use your birth date, telephone number or other obvious number for your PIN.
- Do not place any bill payments in your mailbox for pickup instead go to the post office.
- Never allow anyone to put your store account number on a check used to make a purchase.