During this busy holiday season, malls and retail stores are crowded with shoppers. District Attorney Pete Weir is warning consumers to use care when they are shopping in order to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.
The retail hustle and bustle of the holiday season provides opportunity for identity thieves and other crooks. While it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the season, DA Weir warns, “Plan your shopping trips. Don’t overdo. Weary shoppers may let their guard down by the time they get to the cashier to pay for their purchases. Do not become distracted. Savvy ID thieves are waiting for just that moment to capture your credit card information on their cell phone, grab your purse or pick your pocket and destroy your holiday cheer.”
Shoppers are often rushed and distracted. It is not unusual to lay checks, credit cards, and drivers’ licenses on cashiers’ counters amidst a bevy of onlookers. Most cell phones are also cameras and make it easy for a crook to take a quick picture of your credit card number.
Here’s a simple list of suggestions that can help you stay safe this holiday season:
The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office offers free Power Against Fraud presentations for groups of all sizes. These programs are designed to protect consumers from becoming victims of identity theft or fraud. For more information call the Fraud Hotline 303-271-6980