|December 4, 2012
Media Contact: Molly McFarland
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month, and Attorney General Bondi encourages Floridians to take precautions to protect their personal information. During the holiday shopping season, consumers should exercise caution.
“Whether you’re in line or online, identity thieves capitalize on the holiday shopping season. Consumers should be vigilant when making purchases and refrain from responding to unsolicited emails requesting personal information,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Below are tips for ensuring a safer holiday shopping season:
· order and closely review copies of credit reports from each national credit reporting agency once a year. Click here for contact information;
· empty wallets of extra credit cards and identification cards, and close all unused credit card or bank accounts;
· shred pre-approved credit applications, credit card receipts, bills, and other financial information before discarding them;
· use a credit card or a secured online payment system, such as PayPal, when making a purchase online;
· update anti-virus software on computers to avoid downloading malware from poorly protected sites;
· ask when your order will be shipped and when it will arrive;
· know the return and refund policies; and
· save copies of receipts, warranties, and service agreements.
Visit the Attorney General’s Office consumer protection page or the identity theft protection page for more information.