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The rush of the holidays is upon us. And during the hustle and bustle of the season it can be easy to get distracted searching for the perfect gift – leaving shoppers vulnerable to thieves, hackers and porch pirates. Check out these 4 tips on safe shopping habits over the holidays and throughout the year:

Safe Shopping - Couple shopping at a Christmas Market.

Safe Shopping Tip #1:

Avoid carrying cash. Whether you’re shopping local, at the mall or a Christmas Market always keep your wallet in your front pocket or a handbag strapped close and tight. Also steer clear of leaving your purse unattended in the shopping cart- even for a second.

As an extra precaution consider shopping with a DuPage Credit Union Visa® Credit Card. Armed with safety features, such as Transaction Alerts, 24/7 Fraud Protection, Visa’s Zero Liability Policy and more, you’ll feel confident making purchases online or at the store.

Safe Shopping - Unattended open purse in a shopping cart.

Safe Shopping Tip #2:

Enjoy an afternoon of shopping with your friends. Along with the company you’ll enjoy strength in numbers when hitting the mall. Thieves are more likely to target lone shoppers. With days getting shorter, don’t forget to park close to the mall entrance and in a well-lit spot.

Safe Shopping - Friends shopping together.

Safe Shopping Tip #3:

Plan on shopping with your app? Make sure it’s from a from a reputable source like Google Play, the App Store or Amazon Appstore. It’s safer to do your mobile shopping from the security of your own home – avoid public Wi-Fi.

Safe Shopping - Millennial Man shopping online at home in a Christmas sweater.

Safe Shopping Tip #4:

Watch out for porch pirates patrolling your neighborhood in search of packages left unattended. To ensure you receive your packages consider having them delivered to your place of employment, asking neighbors to keep an eye out for deliveries, signing up for delivery notifications or purchase a deterrent such as a package lock box or mail bag for your front porch.

Safe Shopping - Unattended packages at a red front door.

Safe Shopping Bonus Tip:

Monitor your accounts frequently in Online Banking or with our Mobile Banking App. Contact us at 800-323-2611 if you notice anything that looks suspicious.

Do you have other safe shopping tips? If so, please share them below:


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