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Banking on Value is an eNewsletter to inform and engage Cadence Bank's consumer customers.

Holiday Fraud Tips

It's hard to believe the holidays are upon us already. If you're holiday shopping, check out these tips to protect yourself and your money whether you're shopping online or in stores.


Use Anti-Virus Software: Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date, especially if you'll be doing any shopping online. It's the best way to protect your computer - and your data - from malware. And don't forget about mobile anti-virus software for your smartphone, too.


Stay AlertOn some of the busiest shopping days of the year, distracted shoppers make easier targets for criminals. As you're doing your holiday shopping, be aware of your surroundings, park in well-lit areas, put down the cell phone and keep your hands free. Don’t leave your purse, phone, packages or other valuables unattended in your vehicle. Keep them with you or secure them out of sight.


Shop on Secure SitesAs you're shopping online, 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. 


Be Cautious about Package Shipping Notices: As you await some of your holiday packages, stay aware of fraudulent shipping notices from legitimate carriers like FedEx, UPS or the United States Postal Service. Criminals often send emails that contain a link to a delivery alert which, when clicked, can download malware onto your computer. Only use the tracking numbers provided in the initial email sent to you after making the online purchase.


Be WiFi and Social Media SavvyAre you doing any holiday or end-of-year traveling? Don't put a target on your back for criminals to find. Instead, follow these tips: Be WiFi savvy. Never share personal or financial information, or login to email or banking accounts over an unsecured public network. And, don’t overshare on social media. Posting your vacation photos or travel itinerary tells criminals that you aren’t home.


And if Identify Theft Should Happen: December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month, so we wanted to share with you the federal government’s one-stop resource for identity theft victims. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through the identity theft recovery process:


Stay safe while shopping online this holiday season. Read our online holiday shopping tips.

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