Monday, 18 April 2016 19:34
The UAB Police Department offers the following internet safety tips...
Internet Crime Prevention TipsToday’s world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. If we had to give only a single bit of advice, then, based on current crime reporting, it would be this: DO NOT give sensitive or personal information to anyone unless you are sure that they are indeed who they claim to be and that they should have access to the information. Moreover, you cannot be sure of the identity of someone who sends you an unsolicited email.
Tips for Avoiding Credit Card Fraud:
- Don’t give out your credit card number online unless the site is secure and reputable. Sometimes a tiny icon of a padlock appears to symbolize a higher level of security to transmit data. This icon is not a guarantee of a secure site, but provides some assurance.
- Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
- Before using the site, check out the security/encryption software it uses.
- Make sure you are purchasing merchandise from a reputable source.
- Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure that they are legitimate.
- Send an e-mail to the seller to make sure the e-mail address is active, and be wary of those that utilize free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account.
- Consider not purchasing from sellers who won’t provide you with this type of information.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau from the seller’s area.
- Don’t judge a person or company by their website; flashy websites can be set up quickly.
- Be cautious when responding to special investment offers, especially through unsolicited e-mail.
- Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.
- Make sure the transaction is secure when you electronically send your credit card number.
Roderick W. Wilkins
UAB Police Criminal Investigations Division