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Tip of the Month

Tip of the Month - December 2017

Be Wary of Shopping Apps and Giveaways - Information Collected is Valuable to Identity Thieves

Shopping apps collect and store a lot of personal information, and when you sign up for a prize drawing, you often have to supply your phone number, email address, and home address, all of which would be valuable to identity thieves.

When enrolling in an app, make sure they clearly state what they do with your information.  This would be listed in their privacy notice, and it will also include how they keep it secure.  If you enter to win a prize, don’t list your personal information, and make sure the contest is legitimate before entering.  The fine print will let you know if by entering you are allowing them to sell your information to other retailers.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2015/11/ftcs-top-10-holiday-shopping-tips