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Holiday Fraud Prevention Tips

‘Tis the season to stay festive and fraud free.

Happy holidays from Cadence Bank! While we know how exciting the holiday season can be, we also understand the importance of staying fraud aware. Keep your safety and security a priority during the holiday season by unwrapping our fraud prevention tips below.


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Fight holiday fraud with these tips:


Tip #1: The holidays are upon us, but before you get into holiday shopper mode, make sure your anti-virus software is up to date – it's the best way to protect your computer (and your data) from malware. Same goes for mobile anti-virus software for your smartphone. See our Holiday Online Shopping Flyer for other tips to prepare you for the season.


Tip #2: If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Criminals lure shoppers with websites that look legitimate and offer unbelievably low prices in an effort to capture your personal information. Get more online shopping tips here.


Tip #3: As you get into the holiday spirit, are you making more purchases on your smartphone or mobile devices than usual? Here’s a tip just for you: Be sure to shore up your mobile banking security to protect yourself.  


Tip #4: With Black Friday being one of the busiest shopping days of the year, we want to remind you that distracted shoppers make easier targets for criminals. As you're doing your holiday shopping, be aware of your surroundings, park in well-lit areas and put away your phone to keep your hands free. Additionally, don’t leave your wallet, purse, phone, packages or other valuables in your vehicle.


Tip #5: If you’re shopping online on Cyber Monday – stay safe! Be sure to look for the closed lock icon in your browser search window, and make sure the web address begins with “https” – the “s” means it’s secure. Get more holiday online shopping tips here.


Tip #6: As you travel for the holidays, beware of "juice jacking." It's a scheme where public USB ports are hacked to install data-stealing malware onto your phone. This allows criminals to access information from personal passwords and bank accounts to entire backups of your phone. Instead of using USB charging stations, plan ahead and bring an AC charger or portable battery.


Tip #7: Holiday shopping makes consumers especially vulnerable to identity theft – that’s why December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. Watch out for these warning signs of identity theft so you can take action promptly.


Tip #8: As you await delivery of holiday packages, be aware of fraudulent shipping notices that look like they’re from known carriers like FedEx, UPS or the United States Postal Service. Criminals often send deceptive emails with a link to a fake delivery alert which, if clicked, can download malware to your computer or mobile device. Be sure you only use the tracking numbers provided in the confirmation email from your online purchase. Read more tips here.


Tip #9: Even when your holiday shopping may be wrapping up, that doesn't mean fraudulent activity is. We urge you to set up online banking and mobile banking to monitor your accounts regularly – and year-round – for fraudulent activity.


Tip #10: For those who are hoping to maximize tax deductions, the end of the year is a popular time for charitable donations. Avoid scammers and not-so-reputable charities by only giving to charities that you know well. Beware that phony charities tend to use names that sound like real ones, so make sure you confirm the nonprofit’s exact name on a site like this.




Fraud prevention tips 

View our Holiday Online Shopping Tip Sheet

Fraud prevention tips 

Visit our Consumer Fraud Center

Fraud prevention tips

Visit our Business Fraud Center



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