Sheriff offers tips on how to avoid thieves, scams on Cyber Monday 2021November 25, 2021
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With shopping for holiday gifts online becoming more and more popular, so is the potential for thieves and scammers to horn in and ruin the experience.
Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell cautions citizens about the importance of safely shopping online during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
“While the Internet has made shopping more convenient than ever, along with that convenience comes a greater need for consumers to become aware of how to protective themselves while shopping online,” Russell said.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office offers these preventive measure for shopping securely online:
- Use a single credit card and choose credit over debit. This may seem like unconventional advice, but credit cards offer protection from identity theft that debit cards don’t. There is a greater risk in using a debit card because should someone gain access to your banking account, they could clean it out before you even learn there’s a problem.
- Disposable is better. Even better than using a credit card is to use a disposable credit card. Disposable credit cards work just like most gift cards. You add a specified dollar amount to the card, and it’s good until that is gone. Once it’s gone, you can add more, or purchase a new one. And both Visa and American Express now offer these cards in varying amounts so they are easy to get hold of. The bonus is that if the number from a disposable credit card is stolen, it’s anonymous, and criminal can’t gain access to anything more than the dollar amount that’s still available on the card.
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- Keep your antivirus software on computer and mobile devices up to date. Doing so may help you to avoid nonsecure websites and pop-up phishing scams. Keep watch for these scams. Look out for unsolicited emails or texts with hyperlinks claiming you have a free gift for you or there is a problem with a delivery.
- Verify web site security. Be sure you are shopping on a secure website. If the site you are shopping from is not secure, criminals can capture everything that you enter onto a form from those sites, including personal and credit and information. Secure sites began with HTTPS://instead of HTTP://. Secure sites will also have small lock icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Don’t shop publicly. If you plan do any shopping online, do it at home. If you’re using a public computer— at the library, you have no control over who else might be using that computer. Shop at home, it’s much safer.
- Don’t store information elsewhere. Many major shopping sites offer you the ability to save your credit card…