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Police Offer Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Scams

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This time of year there's a lot of money exchanging hands and police say that's a prime opportunity for criminals to steal your belongings or your personal information.

Their first piece of advice is to never give any personal information to people asking for it over the phone or online unless you've verified that the person asking is legitimate.

That includes your account numbers, Social Security number, and credit card numbers.

"Anytime they are trying to solicit information from you, if it's your bank calling, or if it's your insurance company, they're already going to have that information available, and they don't need you to give it to them again," says Sgt. Oliver Miller.

An easy way to make sure the person you're talking to isn't a scammer is just to hang up the phone and call back using a number you have already.

So if it's someone claiming to be with your bank, for example, just call your bank's customer service line that you'll find on your statement.

And speaking of your statement - don't forget to check it often. The earlier you catch suspicious activity, the easier it is to fix. "It is important that you frequently check your statement. Keep all your receipts so you can reconcile your statements, but check more frequently than when your bills come."

And here are a few more tips:

  • Don't leave any evidence of Christmas presents out on the curb for the trash. That tips off thieves that you might have expensive things inside for them to steal
  • Put your home's lights on timers if you're going on vacation
  • keep your curtains closed, so they can't see valuables inside
  • Don't leave any purchases in plain sight in your car no matter how safe the neighborhood is

Written by Arianna Bennett

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