11/20/2014 – UPDATE: I have added a new recent scam that everyone should be aware of under #4.
The Holidays are nearing by the second and with every second comes the planning of different crimes for the holidays! The only way you can stop these bad things from happening to you is PROTECT YOURSELF! I offer several IMPORTANT advice for everyone that is reading this Blog. I’ve heard of these thing happening and have seen these on the news as well, so I might as well as pass along some of these advice to you.
1) Know your Neighborhood and Watch your Six! – When I mean by watch your six, it’s a military slang for watch your back in any situation, not just the holidays, at all times! I advise everyone to know their neighborhood inside and out, memorize well, or at least find some alternative routes to your home because if you’re being followed by a vehicle that seems to have followed you from the store to your home, take an alternate route and avoid going home until the vehicle is going about their own way. It also helps for you to be aware of the locations of the nearest police station, so that if they continue to follow you to your neighborhood, simply keep driving and continue driving and pretend you’re going to another store, but if they do continue following you longer, then head to the nearest police station for your own safety.
2) Gift Cards are the Target of Cyber-thieves because they’re easiest to steal from and no one can know what happened until you try to use it, which is both an inconvenience and an embarrassment. The only way you can avert from becoming a victim of gift card theft is simply checking the back of the gift card. If you see any scratch off areas that has recently been scratched off and the numbers are clearly exposed, then it’s an obvious sign that the cyber-thieves has copied the numbers. What happens is the thief copies all the numbers, including any pin number, and waits a few days, then follows up on the gift card number and see if anyone has purchased it, if the victim did purchase the card, the thief would then use the card number to make an online purchase and drain the card of the funds that was originally for the recipient of the gift card. Bottom line is do not purchase any gift card with any areas of the back that has already been scratched off, and you’ll be fine. It also helps to keep and get a copy of the receipt to the person receiving the gift card so that the card will be protected against any unforeseen theft or data breaches.
3) Post-Holidays Apocalypse is something that is inevitable when it comes to throwing out empty cardboard boxes or gift wrapping and other trashes. Thieves can take advantage of this by simply opening your trash can or driving by your house and seeing a large box that was originally used for TV’s. The best advice I can offer is cut up the cardboard boxes used to house large gifts such as TV’s, Computers, or other things that are of high value and put them in your trash or recycle bin and make sure the tops can close so that it is not visible to anyone.
4)The $100 Bill Trick, The simple scheme works like this: Drivers walk to their parked cars and, after they get in the vehicle, they notice a $100 bill in the windshield. The driver exits the car with the door open to retrieve it, only to have a thief steal the vehicle. You can get back at the thief by simply locking your doors, starting your vehicle, and driving away to teach the car thieves a lesson. As for the $100 that is left on your windshield, turn that bad into a good by donating that money to a charity and help those less fortunate. Great way to turn the tables on the would-be thief! (Here’s the original article: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/beware-holiday-scam-tricks-100-bill/story?id=27051115 )
If I do find more scams and interesting holidays safety tip, I’ll update this article accordingly. These are the top 4 advice I can offer for your safety this upcoming holiday season.
Have a Happy and Safe Holidays!!