Tis the Season... Again

With Thanksgiving just under our belts (both literally and figuratively), and with the holiday shopping season in full swing, here are some basic safety reminders courtesy of the Farmington Hills Police Department and the Consumer Protection Division of the Michigan Attorney General’s office:

Shopping:

  • Always stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Don’t carry valuables in your purse.
  • Stay off your cell phone and stay alert while walking.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages so that you’ll have clear visibility and freedom of movement.
  • Trust your instincts; if you don’t feel comfortable walking to your vehicle, ask mall or store security to go with you.

Driving:

  • Park in well-lit areas when shopping in the evening.
  • Don’t leave packages or valuables in plain sight inside your vehicle; lock them in the trunk.
  • Park your vehicle as close to your destination as possible.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
  • Locate your keys before you head to your car.
  • Walk around your vehicle and check the inside before entering.

Using the ATM:

  • Choose an ATM in a well-lit public area and withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone standing by.

Online Shopping:

  • Never give out your social security number.
  • Only shop using secure websites.
  • Research the website before you place an order.
  • Minimize the amount of information you provide when placing an order online.
  • Use the same credit card when making all online purchases, if possible.
  • Do not fall victim to “phishing” or “pharming” scams and keep your firewall and antivirus programs up to date.
  • Watch out for high shipping charges.
  • Print out and keep all copies of receipts.

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Let the attorneys and staff of Wright Beamer be among the first (of many) to extend our sincerest wishes for a happy (and safe) holiday season! If we can help, please call us at (248) 477-6300.