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How to protect yourself from fraud and theft during the holidays

Store managers say they don't aim to accuse anyone of fraud or theft, but rather give everyone a good shopping experience. (Photo source: WLOX News) Store managers say they don't aim to accuse anyone of fraud or theft, but rather give everyone a good shopping experience. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Police say credit card crime increases when the volume of transactions increase. (WLOX News) Police say credit card crime increases when the volume of transactions increase. (WLOX News)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The holiday season has arrived, which means — more spending.

Not only are retailers busy, but according to Sergeant O'Neil Adams with the Biloxi Police Department, local law enforcers are, too.

"By the sheer volume of transactions being conducted, of course there's going to be a return in how many credit cards are being stolen, how many people lose their cards," Adams noted.

Adams says it's up to shoppers and retailers to try and prevent fraud and theft. Managers at Walmart in Gulfport say they have a plan in place.

"When someone has a transaction with a card, we ask to see their I.D. to make sure the name on the card and I.D. match," Assistant Manager Lakisha Moore said.

Moore says this isn't to accuse anyone of card theft or fraud, but for the safety of their customers.

"We're just doing our job. We're just trying to give them a good shopping experience," Moore said.

 Recently the store has gone one step further to protect customers when they're swiping their card.

"Your credit cards now are coming to your home equipped with a gold chip on them. The cards that have the gold chip are the ones that are supposed to be inserted into this debit reader. Inserting it into the debit reader, it'll tell you to keep it in there. As you can see it's a security chip," Co-Manager Janice Morrissey described.

Morrissey says customer's information can't be compromised when using the new card reader, which gives them a sense of comfort, but of course she says shoppers must stay alert at all times.

A few other tips Sgt. Adams include:

  • Pay for your gas inside of the convenience store, rather than at a pump so you're not victim to card skimming
  • Keep track of your spending through your bank statements which should be paperless statements, so you're account information isn't sitting in your mailbox
  • Report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement

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