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Parking lots overflow. Shoppers jostle for must-have gifts. Holiday spending may be in full swing, but not everyone is on the lookout for the best deals. Some people are simply looking out for distracted shoppers and the chance to steal a credit card or worse, an entire wallet and someone’s identity.
Viruses lurk everywhere on the Web, possibly even behind the holiday animations and e-cards that make the rounds this time of year. While we here at ProtectMyID don’t want to be scrooges, we do want you to be careful. Because that free holiday ringtone may come with a hidden cost – a virus that steals your personal data and leaves you susceptible to identity theft.
A friend of mine, who is looking for work for the holiday season, called me with a story the other night. We’ve talked about my work in the past, and she knows that I advocate not giving out your Social Security number unless you are sure about the request and know how your information will be stored and destroyed. She remembered my advice when she walked in to a national chain, requested an employment application and saw that it contained multiple requests for her SSN. What would you do in this case?
Large shopping crowds and busy malls create prime openings for identity thieves. Identity theft is a crime of opportunity and thieves often take advantage of distracted shoppers, crowds, and even temporary workers to steal credit cards, debit cards, checks and Social Security numbers. Minimize the stress of the holiday shopping experience with the following tips.
Once upon a time, having a wallet or purse stolen meant you were out some cash and you might have to order a few new credit cards. As identity theft has become more common, having a wallet or purse stolen these days might be just the beginning of an identity theft nightmare. In order to ensure you’re not putting yourself at unnecessary risk this holiday season, do a quick inventory of your wallet or purse so you know exactly what is (and what is not) being carried around with you when you go out.