With the holiday season running on us, I would like to take a minute to remind all card users of the many kinds of card fraud scams that are out there. As a police department we see multiple kinds of scams that are reported to us.
We all know that phone scams are rampant and have been for some time. Whether it is a new spin on an older story or inventing a new scam, the tried and true phone calls are still out here. It is strongly recommended to not give out personal or financial information over the phone. Most businesses, charities and government agencies do not operate this way. Many phone scams are phony charities that are trying to take advantage of the holiday season and cheer.
More in-depth scams range into the internet and card based fraud. Be sure to use safe websites and secure internet hotspots. Around the holiday season many people shop online. Be wary of the "too good to be true" sales and the pop ups that are a hard to find item. Some of these can be fraudulent and an attempt to gain bank information. If you feel your card has been compromised, contact your bank or credit company.
Another scam that is out there is what is referred to as a "skimmer". A skimmer is a device that can be placed on a card reader at a gas pump, register or any point of sale location. The skimmer looks like a regular checkout register but the addition of the device allows thief's access to your account and PIN. While some skimmers look like the regular machine, you can look for loose faceplates, extra wires sticking out and parts that don't line up or look unusual. With the use of chipped cards and some simple precautions, you can minimize the risk of unintentionally using a skimmer.
As with all things, a little awareness and personal safety can go a long way to help keep you and your accounts this holiday season.
The Christmas Light Parade will be December 2, 2023, line up will be at 5:00 and Parade starts at 6:00