With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just around the corner, many of us are excited to get the best deals on holiday gifts. However, during this time of bargain shopping, you may be putting yourself and your identity in a vulnerable position. The last thing we want is for you to experience identity theft in the middle of the most joyous time of the year, which is why we have gathered some important Black Friday shopping safety tips:
- Businesses typically resort to hiring seasonal help for temporary relief during this hectic shopping time. However, that means some employees are not as loyal to the company. Therefore, some deceitful part-time employees may be tempted to take your credit card information by using a card reader. To combat this issue, try to swipe your own card and not let the employee do it.
- When shopping for the holidays, try to keep all of your purchases on one credit or debit card. This will provide you with ease in evaluating your bank statements.
- While you may think that everyone around you is in the holiday spirit too, you cannot trust the intentions of every person. The distraction of reaching for an item on a top shelf may leave you vulnerable as someone walking in the same lane simply grabs your purse or wallet without you noticing. Do not leave your personal items in the cart while shopping to prevent this from occurring.
- Most importantly, always remain aware of your surroundings and have a security guard escort you to your car if you are at the mall during late hours of the night.
Are you ready for Black Friday? Contact the Misner Agency for all of your Sullivan & Orange County, New York insurance needs. We have been fulfilling the insurance needs of New York residents since 1928 and will provide you with the protection you deserve.