Black Friday -Stay Safe

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    realtalk247posted 23 months ago

    Arlington, VA –The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) made the following suggestions regarding your safety on this Black Friday. Here are just a few of the tips to consider while shopping:
    1.Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
    2.Shop online with companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
    3.Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
    4.Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
    5.Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

    Here are a few tips that you should remember while shopping. 
    1.Pay attention to your surroundings, if you notice someone trailing behind you, although you have zig zagged across the parking lot, you may want to make your way back to the store.  Better to be safe than sorry.
    2.Do not load up your vehicle and then go back to the mall for more things. Most robbers realize that large purchases are made earlier in the morning/day as quantities are limited, so the items you are leaving are most likely electronics and high valued items. 
    3.If you purchased many items and you notice 20 minutes later, you seem to always be in front of the same vehicle you may not want to go directly home.
    4.Avoid using your pin from your debit card. Process purchases as credit transactions if at all possible.

    Technology Advances have presented the following issues as reported by the BBB:

    CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay reported the following scam:
    People can purchase a portable infrared camera for about $380 that attaches to an iPhone 5 or 5s
    The infrared camera attaches to the back of the phone just like a phone case
    Scammers hover their phone over a pin-pad after someone has entered their Personal Identification Number (PIN). An infrared image is instantly shown on the phone indicating the keys used to enter the PIN.
    BBB recommends the following tips for protecting your PIN:
    After you've entered your PIN, cover the PIN pad with your fingers to leave an indecipherable heat-signature behind
    Use cash instead of debit or credit cards for smaller purchases
    Regularly check credit card and debit statements to spot suspicious charges quickly

    Robyn Broyles, ehow Contributor wrote:

    "RFID" stands for radio-frequency identification. An RFID tag is a microchip that stores information that can be read from a distance by a special device called a reader or interrogator. RFID tags are now found in some passports, driver's licenses, employee and university identification cards, and even some credit cards. The RFID tags in some of these cards can be read from up to 30 feet away, and the possibility of identity theft concerns some RFID card carriers. Fortunately, since metal effectively blocks radio waves, it's easy to retrofit a wallet to protect cards from RFID scanning.
    Robyn Broyles advises in Contributor piece the following actions to help deter thieves:
    Wrap the object containing an RFID chip in aluminum foil. This blocks the signals from reaching it. If you are worried about people covertly reading ID information, line your wallet with a layer of foil to block signals from the RFID chip in your identification card.
    Put any object containing an RFID chip inside a container made of metal or any other conductive material. This shields them from radio signals, including the ones from an RFID scanner.

    Other than that, be safe, shop till you drop, and never spend what you don't have. Have a budget and a stopping point.  Stay safe and let's avoid frustration and neanderthal behavior that results in hurt or injury to others. I don't think Santa would want us elbowing, punching, and trampling people as a way to obtain gifts for Christmas. Let's keep everything in perspective people.