Protect your information from scammers ahead of the holiday season

Posted at 8:46 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:46:50-04

(WTVF) — Efforts to protect your information when you start holiday shopping are already underway.

By following a few simple steps, business owners and their customers can both be protected from a cyber attack.

Experts say 51 percent of the time, the first line of defense is employees such a cashiers.

The top three reasons why someone falls victim of a scam is because the scammer seemed official, the victim was under pressure of a time limit and they thought the scammer was nice.

Some of the time, these scammers will act like they are an employee of a company to get your money.

Before holiday shopping gets underway, business owners are urged to take the following precautions:

  • Take inventory of key technology the business uses
  • Put protective policies in place for technologies, data and users
  • Put measures in place to alert you of current or imminent threats to systems
  • Make and practice an Incidence Response Plan
  • Know what to do to return to normal business operations after an incident

The Federal Trade Commission says Millennials are more likely to report losing money to fraud than older generations.

If you think you have been a victim of a scam, immediately report the issue to the FTC. For more information on how to do that, click here.