Annual Christmas Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Safety, Internet Safety, Safety

The so called "Black Friday" is a week away and even with the down turn in the economy lots of you will be Christmas shopping. With that in mind here is my annual blog with some tips to help you keep safe while shopping.

  • Always park in a well lit area
  • Write down where you parked
  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times
  • Walk with authority and always make eye contact with those around you
  • Be alert to the surrounding envrionment outside and in
  • Shop with friends
  • Dress casually and comfortably
  • Leave your expensive and even expensive appearing jewelry at home
  • Avoid carrying a purse or handbag if possible
  • Take only the cash, credit cards and identification you absolutely need
  • Carry important items including your cash in your front pockets
  • Do not flash your cash
  • Always double check your change
  • Make sure you get your credit card back after every transaction
  • Never allow your credit card to leave your sight
  • Do not overload yourself with packages, make several trips to your vehicle
  • Never leave packages or anything of value visible in your vehicle
  • If using an ATM use one in a busy, well lit area and have a friend along

And from the Better Business Buereau regarding online shopping:

  • Shop only at trusted internet merchants; if in doubt visit www.bbb.org
  • Remember if it sounds to go to be true, it most likely is
  • Check merchant's refund policies before purchasing
  • Make sure the merchant is using a secure server
  • Refrain from using a debit card, it exposes your checking account to fraud
  • Always print and retain any confirmations or order forms
  • Frequently check your accounts online; there is no need to wait for a paper statement

As always, if I have missed something or if you have some comments please make a comment or contact me.

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