7 Tips for Black Friday Shoppers

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Tomorrow is the biggest shopping day of the year. While you are out trying to score some deals, credit thefts are also working hard to steal and have your ID compromised. Even worse is that today's thief is technologically savvy thanks to the Internet, ID scanners and camera phones, which helps them to steal credit card numbers and build a personal profile on an individual.

Momtrends recently learned some tips on how to protect your identity by using credit cards that contain two way radios called radio frequency identification (RFID) chips. The technology lets you wave your credit card, passport or license in front of a nearby scanner, instead of having to slide the magnetic stripe through it - which can help prevent electronic stealing.

In addition to RFID chips, Momtrends learned about some tips from GreenPath Debt Solutions, a nationwide, non-profit financial organization, on how consumers can protect their identity, not only on Black Friday, but, whenever they are shopping:

1. Before you leave your house, take out the credit cards that you know you will not be using. This will also cut down on temptation of shopping beyond your set gift list for the day.

2. Keep the front and back information on your card, so you have contact information quickly in case your card is stolen. Keep this in a safe place in your home.

3. Consider purchasing a secure sleeve to keep your credit card in, and safe from RFID scanners.

4. Do not carry your social security card with you. That number is vital in opening new credit accounts.

5. Watch where you leave your card when you shop and don't leave it on a counter with people around.

6. Keep your receipts in your purse or wallet, not in the bag. This will make it easier to track your merchandise spending and help you to stay within your budget.

7 .If your merchandise bag is stolen, quickly go back to the store to report your robbery. The thief might have a harder time returning the merchandise without a receipt & perhaps a quick thinking salesperson may be able to identify them.

GreenPath also provided us with the steps to take if you become a victim of identity theft:

1. Contact the three credit bureaus and tell them that you have been a victim of identity theft.

Equifax fraud division
800-525-6285
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374
www.fraudalerts.equifax.com

Experian fraud division
888-397-3742
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013
www.experian.com/fraud

Trans Union fraud division
800-680-7289
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92634
www.transunion.com

2. Contact your creditors directly and ask to speak to someone in the security department. Freeze the existing account.

3.Contact local law enforcement and get a police report. This will serve as documentation that a crime has occurred.

For more information, please visit www.greenpath.com

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