The holidays are here and unbeatable sales grab our attention, the Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties is advising consumers to protect themselves during this peak period of identity theft and fraud.
In 2015, the Consumer Sentinel Network recorded approximately 1.7 million identity theft and fraud complaints. These crimes pick up during this festive season given the drastic increase of in-store and online purchases. With families rejoicing in family gatherings and gift shopping, the last thing they need is having these moments spoiled by holiday scammers.
The BBB advises to be on alert for these common holiday scams:
Use the following tips to avoid holiday scams:
-Check out the charity on the Wise Giving Alliance website at give.org.
-Check any retailers on the Better Business Bureau website at bbb.org.
-Purchase gift cards from behind store counters or directly from cashiers.
-Buy event tickets from the venues themselves or recognized agencies.
Other important tips to avoid identity theft or fraud during the holidays:
-Use credit instead of debit when making holiday purchases.
-Don’t use public Wi-Fi when checking sensitive financial information.
-Shred all confidential documents before tossing them.
-Require a signature for all package deliveries to your home or job.
About the Better Business Bureau of San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties
The Better Business Bureau of San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties opened in 1921. The non-profit is San Diego’s largest countrywide business membership organization with over 7,000 accredited businesses and charities. The BBB offers free pre-purchase information and advice to consumers. Its website possesses business reviews on more than 94,000 local companies. Consumers are encouraged to call the BBB’s 24-Hour Consumer Helpline at 858-496-2131 or visit the website at bbb.org for a list of BBB Accredited Businesses or to file a complaint against a business.