How to Protect Your Identity this Holiday Season

Personal Lines‘Tis the season for shopping and buying gifts for loved ones. As many get excited for the holidays, others are waiting to take advantage of what should be, a joyful season. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, accounting for 15 million victims a year. Don’t let identity theft ruin your holiday season by following these holiday shopping precautions:

  • Protect your devices with unique passwords and never leave them unattended.
  • Use cash or credit, not debit. By paying with a credit card, you can dispute fraudulent charges
  • Monitor your account and transactions by checking your account balances at least once a day to ensure accuracy.
  • Stick with secure websites for internet connection. Never conduct financial transactions or purchases over public WiFi networks.

 

 

In the unfortunate event that your identity is stolen over the holidays, report it immediately through the Federal Trade Commission’s website here. To alleviate some of the stress and financial burden associated with a stolen identity, consider purchasing personal identity theft insurance.  To learn more about the coverage, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.

Source: PropertyCasualty360

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