Each year, the amount of holiday shopping done online continues to increase. This year, due to COVID-19, we can expect that to rise even more. Unfortunately, that will mean the amount of fraud will likely rise as well. We’re passing along some tips to help you stay safe from fraud while shopping online this holiday season.
Tip #1: Only shop at well-known, reputable websites. Fake sites can pose as reputable sites, so it is important to look at the web address of the site before you visit it.
Tip #2: Only pay using a credit or debit card. Never agree to send cash or wire money to a seller.
Tip #3: Keep your devices up-to-date. Smart devices and computers receive important security patches through software updates.
Tip #4: Like a web browser, smart devices keep track of your activity history. Review this history periodically to check for any unusual activity. We also recommend clearing your history on a regular basis.
Tip #5: Shop around- not for the cheapest deal, but for the safest. A website that is offering a product for a third of the price of other retailers is a red flag. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
As always, we are here to help! If you see unfamiliar activity on any of your Field & Main accounts, give us a call at (888) 831-1500, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or “chat” us in our mobile app or online banking.
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