The Holiday’s are upon us and with the colder weather, the shorter days and the smell of baked goods when you walk into Grandma’s house that also means time to shop shop shop! Yes, it is time to find those perfect gifts for our loved ones, or even for ourselves. Whether you shop in stores or online you want to keep your identity safe while shopping. Instead of stressing about it, let LifeLock protect you and your identity.
I remember about 10 years ago my Mom, Sister and I had gone for our full day of Holiday shopping and my Mom used a certain credit card she would only use for the Holiday shopping. Well, before we even got home the credit card company had called my Mom’s house and talked to my Dad asking about charges on the credit card. Since she hadn’t used it in months, it flew up a red flag when she was using it a lot, and back to back purchases all over our town. We of course had to laugh when we got home because my Mom never gave it a thought, while my Dad sat home and was worried the card was stolen but didn’t want to cancel it at the time of the call because he didn’t know if she was using it. And, at that time we didn’t have cell phones so he just had to wait for us to get home. Well, it wasn’t stolen so that was good. But, it was a great relief that the credit card company called because if it had been stolen she could have done something about it. But, not all credit card companies will alert you if there are suspicious charges on your card. LifeLock will! And today with all the shopping online one just never knows where or who will end up with your personal information so knowing that you will be alerted put one’s mind at ease.
About 4 years ago I took a trip to Florida to see a friend. I use my debit card for everything and upon returning home within a couple days I got a call from my bank asking if I had authorized a couple of the transactions on my card. They read them off to me, and sure enough, they were not mine. Wow!! I was shocked! I couldn’t figure out how anyone could get my debit card number when I still had the card in hand. The guy on the phone told me it happens all the time, and especially at restaurants. He said that when they bring the check in those black folders, and you put your card in it for them to go charge you, that sometimes a server will write the numbers down and all the info. This info is either used by them or sold. How sad is that! So, I am always hesitant to pay like that now. I would rather go to the cashier myself.
Now, I don’t worry so much since I have LifeLock. LifeLock monitors your account and alerts you of potential threats. They have 24/7/365 phone support, and also a wallet remediation service to help you cancel your cards and such if your wallet is stolen. These are just a couple of the great benefits of a LifeLock membership. Check them out, and stop worrying about your identity.
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