Shop Safely: Avoid Identity Theft

Skip The Hassle & Expense of Identity Theft With These Tips

It is the most wonderful time of the year for giving. As you collect gifts to bring joy to your loved ones, make sure you do not accidentally gift an identity thief with your private information. Whether shopping from your home or at the mall, there are a few guidelines to protect you from an unexpected holiday hassle.

  • Minimize your risk by only bringing what you need. If you know you will only use a couple of different cards and your ID, consider skipping your purse or wallet and keeping them securely in your front pocket.
  • When using your cards or ID, be wary of people around you. Make sure no one is glancing over your shoulder to capture your credit card information or pin number.
  • Use your credit card rather than your debit card. Your credit card is not directly linked to your bank accounts, so you put an extra step between identity thieves and your money by ditching the debit card.
  • When shopping online, always use a secure connection and your personal computer.

To keep you covered this holiday season, contact Pierce Insurance Group. Serving the great state of Texas, our team of experts is here to get you the protection you need.