School Is In Session! Protect Yourself From Scams

MoneyTips

With the school season starting again, education is job number one for students and parents alike. A proper education includes an education in personal finance, and one of the best ways to start is to learn how to protect yourself against scams.

You can and should learn fast, too, because scams can become more common during the back-to-school buying season. Here are some practical suggestions on how to avoid credit and debit card fraudsters:

  • Only patronize known retailers.
  • Avoid jackpot online deals that offer items like $3,000 laptops for $400. These are often scams.
  • “Good PC hygiene” cannot be overstated for every handheld device, laptop, and phone. Anti-virus and anti-malware programs are key to staying safer online.
  • Avoid pooling or sharing credit card information in a dorm setting. There is no reason for students to share…

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