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(Chadron)- Online Holiday Safety Tips From The Chadron PD

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 11/28/2012 06:27 AM

(Chadron)-There are no lines when making purchases over the Internet, but this may increase your risk of identity theft.  According to the Federal Trade Commission in 2011, a disproportionate number of scams, fraud, and identity theft-related incidents occur during the holiday season.  As you shop for that special present for family and friends please make sure personal information remains just that – “personal” – by following these simple safety tips.
Online safety tips provided by the Chadron Police Department
  • Use credit cards not debit cards when possible. Credit cards offer greater protection.
  • Designate one credit card for online purchases, or use a pre-paid, single-use or virtual card.
  • Don't reveal private financial data over shared wireless access points such as coffee shops.
  • Never give credit card information over the phone unless you initiated the call or trust the company you are doing business with.
  • Never link a bank account to an online pay service.
  • Protect your computer with the latest browser, antivirus, anti-malware, and personal firewall protection and update regularly.
  • Shop on secure sites that display "https" or a padlock in your browser address bar.
  • Be aware of “phishing” e-mail scams that include website links advertising incredible deals.
  • Leave suspicious websites immediately. Don't click on any buttons or download software.
  • Take precautions by only using ATM machines found in or near a bank.  These are less likely to be equipped with unscrupulous card readers, called “skimmers,” than an ATM located in a secluded area. 
  • Also, be careful about what you post on social media websites.  Posting all-day shopping plans online informs Internet prowlers that you’re not at home and your house may be full of presents by nightfall. 
  • Remember to teach online safety tips to your kids, too.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the police department for help at 308-423-1510. We would always be glad to help your with your questions rather than spend a large amount of time working an indentify theft case after you clicked “enter”. Protect yourself and your family online and have a wonderful Holiday Season. 


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