Nov 4, 2015 3:59 PM

NH police warn residents of credit, debit card fraud as holidays approach

CONCORD - Although the merry holiday season is right around the corner - so are possible scams aimed at stealing your credit and debit card information.

The Nashua Police department is reminding everyone of the warning signs of credit and debit card fraud with a few helpful tips.

-First, make sure your cards are signed.

-Do not write your Personal Identification Number (PIN) on or near your card or wallet.

-Always check your credit card statement to match up the billings to your purchases.

-Report stolen cards immediately, as most instances of fraud happen almost immediately after they are stolen.

-Most importantly - never leave your wallet unattended.

Stolen credit and debit cards are not the only type of fraud shoppers face. Phishing scams, where scammers contact you via the phone or online, can also be dangerous.

Phishing attempts typically arrive in an email or instant message and often mimic real businesses or corporations but ask for a user to click on something or to "confirm" something.

When users do so - names, passwords, account numbers and other personal information is exposed.

If you receive a suspicious phone call or email, call the company the message is from to confirm the information.

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