Smart Money Podcast: The Holiday Shopping Episode

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7 Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft This Black Friday


Practice Safe Shopping

What does Black Friday protection mean to you? Maybe it's helmets and elbow pads as you battle your fellow consumers for doorbuster deals. Maybe it's protecting your space in line.

Maybe it should be taking precautions to prevent identity theft.

The holidays represent peak season for identity thieves – probably because there are more transactions and more opportunities for theft. According to 2018 data compiled by ACI Worldwide, the number of "buy online, pick up in-store" (BOPIS) transactions between Thanksgiving Day and December 31 increased by 20% over 2017, while attempted fraud over the same period increased by 13%.

Reduce your chances of identity theft over the Thanksgiving weekend by following these common-sense methods for practicing "safe shopping."

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