Tips to avoid fraudsters and scammers this Black Friday

Be cautious of notifications that you have won any competitions, especially if you did not enter.

WHILE many people will be bargain-hunting and sale-surfing on Black Friday, shoppers are being reminded of the need to be vigilant at all times as thieves anticipate this busy season as well, hoping to turn unaware shoppers into victims of crime.

So you need to keep your cash and valuables safe. Personal safety is a matter of shared responsibility between authorities and the public.

So to ensure that your shopping experience is safe, here are a few safety tips:

  1. Be vigilant at all times. Keep your cash and valuables safe.
  2. Carry as little cash as possible. Consider the convenience of paying your accounts electronically (consult your bank to find out about other available options).
  3. Consider making use of cell phone banking or internet transfers or ATMs to do your banking. Use alternative banking methods such as Internet Banking and Cellphone Banking.
  4. ATM Safety. Always cover your pin by shielding the hand that is typing it. Never accept help or ask anyone to assist you at the ATM – rather go inside the bank for help.
  5. Online shopping and mobile money. Register for 3D secure, otherwise known as verified by Visa or Mastercard SecureCode before making online purchases with your bank card.
  6. Be cautious of notifications that you have won any competitions, especially if you did not enter – do not respond with any personal information.
  7. Put sensible transaction limits on your accounts.
  8. Only provide your credit card details to reputable companies.
  9. Online safety – If it looks too good to be true, it usually is. Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
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