Holiday Shopping – Don’t Be A Victim!

We have become a society that loves to shop online, especially since the pandemic. But there are risks to shopping online – more now than ever. Check out the following advice on how to prevent being a victim and remember to apply this information all year not just the holidays.

Porch Pirates

Million of packages disappear from porches each year. A Porch Pirate is just as the name implies – thieves that steal packages from a porch. Over the years they have perfected the art of stealing, including following delivery trucks.  But security measures have stepped up the game and offer advice on how to best prevent Porch Pirating and what to do if you are victim.

What is a Porch Pirate?  Person or persons who steal packages off of unsuspecting customers porches or front door areas.  – Urban Dictionary

Thankfully, you can take security measures even when you’re not at home. Here are eight smart moves you can make to foil the plans of porch pirates and prevent package theft.

Seattle is number 4 on the list of the Top Ten cities where Porch Pirates are the most active.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is not something new, nor does it just happen around the holidays, it happens throughout the year.  Cyber Thieves are always developing new tricks and security measures are produced to counteract them.  No matter how an identity thief acquires your personal information, once they have your personal information so much of your life is vulnerable and at risk, and often hard to get back.

There’s a big demand on the dark web for personal information that can be used to commit identity theft and other cybercrimes. – 9 warning signs of identity theft and what to look for.

Identity Theft doesn’t just happen online

Distracted shoppers are ideal targets for identity thieves and there are a variety of ways for them to snag your personal information. Decrease your risk of being a victim by following some of the advice in these articles.

A good place to start is by becoming aware of the ways an identity thief may steal your information and put you at financial risk during the holiday season. – 4 Ways the Holidays Increase Your Risk of Identity Theft

Victims of this type of scam lose money when products they buy are never sent, or they receive fake or low-quality items without the possibility of a refund from the retailer.  – Protect Your Identity and Avoid Scams While Holiday Shopping in 2021

Social Media Shopping Scams

With Social Media being so prevalent in our lives, the scammers have innovated new ways to scam the millions of people online. We often don’t notice the various scams seen on sites like Facebook and identity theft scams don’t shout out, “Hey, I am scam,” they look legit and are easy for people to fall prey to. Learn some of the ways they scam and how to watch for them.

Cybercriminals are an innovative bunch. They are always coming up with new ways to steal from unsuspecting social media users.

From suspiciously low prices to sellers who demand payment in gift cards, there are multiple warning signs a Marketplace listing might be fraudulent.

It is easy to get caught up in the holiday distraction and forget to protect ourselves, but take note from some of the advice in these articles and you can enjoy your holidays without being a victim.