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Protect Yourself This Holiday Season

Recognizing scams can be diffiicult, but you can minimize the potential impact by understanding what to look for, taking the right action steps, and remaining vigilant.  We included a few tips here, but click on the link below to read even more tips about protecting yourself so you don't fall victim to fraud or scam. 

  • Check your credit report annually. Consumers are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus annually.
  • Avoid opening attachments and clicking on links contained in emails received from unfamiliar sources. Phishing emails often contain attachments or links to malicious websites infected with malware.
  • Avoid clicking on links or calling the telephone number contained within text messages received from unfamiliar sources.
  • To avoid tax identify fraud make a point of filing annual tax returns promptly.
    In general, be wary of offers that are too good to be true, require fast action, or instill a sense of fear.
  • Be mindful of emails or phone requests claiming to be from the business or financial institution which was breached.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi and public computers (e.g., those found in libraries and hotel lobbies) to conduct online transactions.
  • Protect your children/minors, by being careful about sharing your child’s private identifying information especially Social Security Number. If asked to share that information, ask and understand how it will be used.

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