Holiday Shopping Tips
- Check your accounts regularly. If you notice any suspicious activity, call your bank or credit card company right away.
- Pay with a debit or credit card. You have more protections with cards vs. cash if your wallet is lost or stolen.
- If you choose to pay with cash, visit the ATM regularly instead of carrying too much cash with you.
- Check out new secure ways to pay, like Apple Pay™.
- If you shop online, do it at home where you have a secure network connection. Public wifi can be hacked, exposing your passwords, account information and more.
- For online purchases, make sure the site is secure. Safe web site addresses start with "https://." The “s” stands for “secure”. Also look for a padlock or similar icon to indicate you are on a safe site.
- Beware of clicking on links you receive from unfamiliar websites. It could be a "phishing" scheme where shoppers who click through are led to a false site developed to steal their data. If the deal is too good to pass up, enter the website name by hand into your browser.
1st Source uses Fraud Monitor to help keep your account safe. If activity on your card appears suspicious, Fraud Monitor will call you to determine if you authorized the transaction. As such, if you are planning any big purchases, or purchases that are out of your normal routine, alert your local banking center in advance.