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Holiday Shopping Tips from the Sheriff
This time of year brings with it concerns for safety and security,Koon said. Big crowds and extended store hours create
distractions that can make you a prime target for crooks looking to steal your money, your merchandise or even your identity.
It is important to stay alert to protect yourself, your valuables and your personal information.
Sheriff Koon reminded everyone to follow these safe shopping tips:
Keep track of your bags and other packages. If you leave something behind, it could get stolen or discarded.
Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.
Be sure not to buy more than you can carry. If your packages are making it hard for you to walk or see, ask a store employee
to help you carry them to your car.
Check receipts to see whether your full credit card number appears. If a receipt has your full number on it, take a pen
and scratch it out.
Double-check that you have your credit cards and wallet or purse after you pay for your items.
“It's easy to get distracted during this time of year with all of the comings and goings of the holidays, Koon
said.Busy holiday shoppers can become careless and vulnerable to financial fraud crimes.”
According to Koon, the following preventive measures can help protect your credit card information from falling into the
Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it. Get it back as quickly as possible.
Never write your PIN on your credit card.
Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.
Shield your credit card number so that others around you can copy it or shoot a picture of it with a smartphone or other
Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.
Shred anything with your credit card number on it.
To report any suspicious activity in or around a store, call 911. To report fraudulent financial activity, contact the
Lexington County Sheriff's Department at 803-785-2400 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.
Chief: Sgt Bill Finch
803-785-0834 (Office/Voice Mail)
Lexington County Sheriff's
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Main Phone 785 8230
Records Division 785 2418
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Lexington County Family Court
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Court 785 2541
Please note that the Community
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