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Ho Ho Hold It! How to Avoid Fraud at Christmas Time

Blog: Enterprise Decision Management Blog

Santa Claus

This holiday season should be a joyous one — for criminals. Holiday spending always makes it easier for fraudsters to steal your money, for two reasons.

First, you may be so busy with shopping and parties that you don’t take that extra minute to scrutinize an email link that purports to come from a store or delivery service. People in a rush are also more susceptible to social engineering scams, and more likely to give details over the phone to someone pretending to help them get their packages delivered.

Second, there are so many more transactions on your bank or card statement that it’s easy to miss those that may be fraudulent.

No wonder we fall victim to more fraud at Christmas.

Four Scams a-Scamming

Our hearts and wallets are open at this time of year, but don’t let the crooks take advantage of that. Here are some things to watch out for this holiday season.

Five Golden Tips

The same advice we give for holidays such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday apply. Here are five more things that can help you avoid fraud at Christmas:

Remember — if something seems too good to be true, it probably is!

For more tidings of good cheer, follow me on Twitter @FraudBird. And whatever you celebrate, have a fantastic, fraud-free holiday.

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