Internet Crime Prevention Tips

  • Do not give sensitive or personal information to anyone unless you are sure they are who they claim to be.
  • Do not download files sent to you by strangers or click on hyperlinks from people you do not know.
  • Update your virus protection software regularly.
  • Be cautious of the information you share on social media.
  • Do not allow others access to your email account.
  • Change your password at least annually.
  • Never give your password to anyone. 

Tips for Avoiding Credit Card Fraud:
 
  • Shred anything with your card number on it.
  • Shred old credit cards when they expire or are replaced.
  • Avoid giving out your card information.
  • Report lost or stolen cards immediately.
  • Check gas stations and ATMs for credit card skimmers.
  • Do not give out your credit card number online unless you are sure the site is secure and reputable.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies outside the United States.
  • Keep a list of all your credit cards account information in a secured location.
  • Check your credit card statements carefully for illegal charges and or identity theft.
Keep a list of all your credit cards and account information along with the card issuer’s contact information. If anything looks suspicious or you lose your credit card(s), contact the card issuer immediately to avoid illegal charges and/or identity theft.
 

Safety Tips When Dating 
  • Carry money for a taxi or public transportation in case your date is cut short; bring a cell phone.
  • “No” means “NO.”
  • If someone is unable to give consent, it is called sexual assault or rape.
  • Never give out personal information (home address, work address, email address).
  • Never go to someone’s room, apartment, house, etc. Always meet in a public place.
  • Ask a lot of questions.
  • If someone is abusive or rude, block and ignore them.  Consider reporting the abusive behavior to police or the university.
  • Make sure you are comfortable with the person you are “talking” to at all times.
  • Always make your own travel arrangements to and from a first date.
  • Do not accept a ride home on the first date.
  • Keep your first date to a specified time limit so you always have an end time.
  • Never feel like you owe it to someone to meet them -- you don’t!
  • If possible, step away and call a friend during the date to confirm that everything is ok.
  • Take your time to get to know someone -- don't be rushed.
  • Make sure anyone you are talking to is willing to provide photos and information about themselves.
  • Download and use the Rave Guardian app.