Americans will spend an average of $805 per person this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. Eighty percent of those purchases will be made with a credit or debit card making consumers particularly vulnerable to identity theft. Protect yourself from Grinchy hearts that are “two sizes too small” and practice safe credit card shopping this year.
Forward Mutual protects you from identity theft
Our reinsurance company Grinnell Mutual has partnered with Identity Theft 911® to protect FarMutual® homeowners and farmowners policyholders at no additional cost. If you fall victim to a credit card thief, expert fraud specialists will act quickly to lock out thieves with a free fraud alert to prevent further damage. You’ll also receive one year of free credit and fraud monitoring, plus follow-up. They won’t stop working until your identity is back in your hands — permanently.
Seven tips to safer shopping
Even though your homeowner and farmowner insurance has you covered, follow these safety tips to save yourself the risk and hassle.
- Save all receipts and online confirmation numbers. You can use these to monitor your bank account to help detect a purchase you did not make. Check your bank and credit card statements every day for good measure.
- Use credit cards not debit cards. Debit cards are the gateway to your bank or checking account, and credit cards offer greater liability protection.
- Only use online shopping sites that use personal information encryption. Links with “https” indicate that they have encryption protection in place. That’s a good thing!
- Be stingy when sharing personal information. Don’t store credit card and personal information in online accounts. Also, never send payment, Social Security numbers, or password information via email.
- Not all ATMs are created equal. Don’t use a secluded ATM to get shopping cash. They are more likely to be equipped with card readers or “skimmers” — a device that can secretly steal credit card information — than an ATM in or near a bank.
- Dodge the pickpockets. When shopping in stores and malls, safeguard your purse or wallet and your credit cards. Put your purchases in your vehicle’s trunk or at least out of plain view.
- Be mindful of holiday internet scams. The following notorious scams are created to con you out of your credit card information:
- Emails claiming that you have an undeliverable package from FedEx, UPS, DHL or the U.S. Postal Service with links for details
- Too-good-to-be-true deals
- Discounted gift cards sold online
- Bogus coupons
- Counterfeit retailer websites
- Suspicious social media giveaways
- Charity scams
For more information
You don’t have to be a victim of identity theft to call for more information. For more preventative measures, call Forward Mutual at 920-261-6616 or visit our website.
Information from the Federal Trade Commission and OnGuardOnline.gov was used in this article.
Also information used with permission from Grinnell Mutual,
Our 2016 calendars are here! Be sure to stop by and pick up an ever-favorite Antique Tractors and new-this-year Norman Rockwell calendar. And don’t forget candy canes for the kids—they’re big enough to fully enjoy the season with a great sugar kick!
For insurance questions on your home or farm property, feel free to contact us at Forward Mutual.
Provided by TravelWisconsin.com
This Friday and Saturday the 17th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be rolling through our Forward Mutual territory! In fact, it will pass right through our small town of Ixonia on it’s way to stopping in Watertown!
The Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank. It will stop in 12 Wisconsin communities and feature holiday light shows with live music by Kira Isabella and Doc Walker. Bring a non-perishable food item and enjoy the fun!
CP Holiday Train Schedule: Stops in Wisconsin
Friday, December 4, 2015
Sturtevant – 5:25 PM
9900 East Exploration Ct., Amtrak Depot
Milwaukee – 6:50 PM
433 West St. Paul Ave., Amtrak Depot
Wauwatosa – 8:15 PM
Hardwood Avenue Crossing
Hartland – 8:50 PM
Parking lot adjacent to Cottonwood Avenue and Pawling Avenue
Milford Street Crossing
Columbus – 10:45 PM
359 North Ludington St., Amtrack Depot
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Portage – 1:20 PM
400 West Oneida St., Amtrak Station
Wisconsin Dells – 2:45 PM
100 La Crosse St., Amtrak Depot
Mauston – 4:15 PM
Division Street railway crossing
Tomah – 5:30 PM
205 North Superior Ave., Amtrak Depot
Sparta – 6:50 PM
Corner of South Water Street and Milwaukee Street
LaCrosse – 8:45 PM
601 Saint Andrew St.
We at Forward Mutual are thankful for our many blessings. We’re especially thankful for you, our mutual family. You, the policyholders, agents and community make the tradition of “neighbor helping neighbor” possible, and for that we are most grateful.
May you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!