Safe holiday shopping tips

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The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station wants local shoppers to safe this holiday season and to be weary of offers that seem to good to be true. 

Credit: Creative Commons

Credit: Creative Commons

The following list are tips the sheriff’s station wants you to keep in mind while shopping. 

  • Before you begin shopping online, secure your computer by updating your security software. Firewalls and antivirus software are the first line of defense, keeping your computer secure.
  • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Don’t respond to any requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses won’t ask for this information.
  • Beware of bargains from unfamiliar companies. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address. They indicate that you are dealing with a secure website.
  • Shop with companies you know and trust.
  • Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as gift cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.

Written by Veronica Rocha

December 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Posted in Public Safety

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