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The holiday season means more fraud crimes are on the horizon

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2021 | White Collar Crimes

Being accused of fraud can be terrifying. Oklahoma residents who are accused should do everything in their power to protect their reputations and freedom this holiday season. It’s possible to be accused of certain white-collar crimes even when innocent.

Identity theft

With more people shopping online than ever before, white-collar crimes like identity theft are on the rise. People should safeguard their information while online and in-store, which includes protecting purses and wallets.

Financial fraud

Online holiday shoppers might want to avoid saving their financial information on the Internet. Although it’s more convenient to have a credit or debit card stored on favorite online stores’ websites, it can open the door to more instances of fraud. People should pay for something and avoid saving their information on the site. While indoor shopping, shoppers should look over their shoulders when paying at cash registers and be smart while using the ATM.

Porch thievery

A huge problem during the holidays involves packages left on people’s porches being snatched. Anyone who is expecting a package to be delivered should make sure the delivery person is instructed to ring the doorbell and wait for a signature. It’s also wise to have packages delivered to a safer spot out of the immediate view of thieves.

Phishing scams

Phishing is one of the most common online crimes. It becomes more prevalent during the holidays and appears in the form of an email or text in an attempt to entice people to take advantage of an offer. If it looks odd or seems too good to be true, the message should immediately be flagged as spam and deleted. Not clicking on anything is the best way to handle this type of fraud.

If you’re accused of fraud during this holiday season, take immediate action to protect your rights and your freedom.

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