The weekends are about so much more than changing gifts … it's time to reflect on precious gifts in our lives. Family and friends gather around the tables or in front of the fireplace, laugh, remember and gather time together. This holiday season, while you eat, drink and be happy, make sure you protect what is most important:
- Your identity you have spent a lifetime based on your financial credit and professional reputation, but identity thieves can take . Older relatives The scams are often targeted to the elderly, especially around the holidays. By 2017, 35% of fraud victims were reported over 60 years. 
- Children Children are common victims of identity theft. According to Javelin, about 1.5% of all American children had identities stolen in 2017. 
10 tips to protect yourself and your loved ones
Do not give thieves any opportunity to remove your identity this holiday season. Take these precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Shop smart in stores and online
1. Keep track of cards and wallets. Do not lose your wallet, purse or phone in life and motion. In the stores, it is easy to forget your credit or debit card after the check-out. After each transaction, return your card to the same place in your wallet.
2nd Please keep your PIN. If you pay with a debit card in the store, block the keypad with your body when entering your PIN.
3rd See what you are saying. In the stores you may be asked to receive personal information like your phone number, address or birthday when checking out. Speak quietly to the clerk.
- Good-to-be-true can be a trap. Do not get victims of mountain prices from unknown online retailers – they may be fake stores driven by fraud.
5th Do not buy via public Wi-Fi. If you shop with your mobile phone in general, you live on your mobile operator's mobile network. Free public Wi-Fi can be much less secure.
Trust your instincts
- Give, but verify. You will probably receive more phone, email and email applications from charity organizations near your vacation. Be careful with unknown charity organizations. Do your research first.
- Avoid phishing attacks. Public, banks and credit card providers will NOT request personal information via email or by calling you. If you're unsure, click delete or add. Go to the organization's website or call a phone number that you looked at yourself.
Monitor Your Privacy
- Personalize your social media privacy settings. Take advantage of your options in social media privacy settings. Do you share information with friends or the public?
- Coordinate with family. If your children or aunt Edna share family photos with you tagged in exotic rooms, they can showcase your social flows.
- Do not leave package or mail unattended. An unnecessary mailbox or parcel on the front is sure that your family is out of town.
CyberScout® -We take it from here. ™
CyberScout charges hackers and thieves, providing identity management, credit monitoring and cyber security for more than 17.5 million households and 770,000 companies. Central Insurance and CyberScout have gone together and are ready to protect you and your family from cyberhots during this season. Contact your independent agent for more information.
 Federal Trade Commission
 CNBC, "Identity theft is not just a problem for adults. The children are also victims" on April 24, 2018.
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