How To Protect Your Identity During The 2019 Holiday Season

aqazxaBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are coming, and holiday spending will continue right up to December 24th. According to the Nation Retail Federation, 84% of Americans will use the internet to shop during the holidays. Even during non-holiday times, people are using noncash transactions for the purchases of goods and services.

Cybercriminals are smart, and you need to be informed about protecting your identity. Identity theft has been the No. 1 consumer complaint for 12-straight years, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Experts tell us that it can take over 100 hours and thousands of dollars to restore your identity once it has been stolen. There are things you can do to protect your identity during the holidays and throughout the year.

  • Consider identity theft insurance.
  • When shopping, only take the credit cards you need.
  • Credit cards have more protection than a debit card. Do not use your debit card or checks for transactions because these forms of payment are directly linked to your bank account.
  • Review your bank statements to make sure all transactions are correct.
  • When online shopping, only use sites you have used before or those that are reputable.
  • Use secure ATMs.
  • Make sure your antivirus and anti-spyware software is up to date.
  • Don’t open emails from people you don’t know, even if your name is in the reference line.
  • Don’t shop on unprotected wireless networks. Enjoy your coffee at the coffee shop, but do your shopping at home.
  • Use complex passwords and change them regularly.
  • Know the signs of identity theft.
  • Keep your Social Security Card and number locked up.
  • Keep your laptop or tablet locked in the trunk.
  • Keep receipts in your purse or wallet, not in the bag.

Identity Theft insurance

Identity Theft Protection assists with the costs of restoring and repairing a consumer’s identity and credit history. Identity theft insurance coverage usually covers assistance in straightening out the aftermath of identity theft (such as canceling unauthorized accounts and so forth), which is generally easy when the fraud involves credit cards, but can be more time-consuming for accounts at banks and other institutions.

Give us a call so we can provide you with options.

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Be Aware of Fraud During Storm Recovery

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We are moving into storm season and we wanted to remind you about contractor scam.

Prevent Contractor Scams

  • Make sure all contractors are licensed and insured.
  • Check with your insurer to see if the contractor has provided work for them in the past.
  • Never pay in cash.
  • Always ask for a quote in writing.
  • If you must, only pay a small amount up front, but also use a credit card so you can challenge payment if needed.
  • Get referrals and check references.
  • Never sign a blank agreement.
  • Make sure the contractor is licensed in Texas.

Insurance Scams

Some people have already received fraudulent computer calls saying their home insurance has been canceled and they need to make an immediate payment by credit card.  Also, be aware of people who say they are adjusters representing your insurance company and you need to pay your deductible now in order to have your claims covered.  Call our office if you have any questions regarding your claims.

Charity Scams

Many scammers are out asking you to donate money to their charity. Make sure you donate to legitimate organizations.  Donate money to charities you know, such as The Red Cross or your local church.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

How To Manage Fraud At Your Business

Risk Management

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) published a recent report in which they found that the average fraud loss to medium and small businesses was over $55,000. If your business generates pretax profits of less than $1,000, 000, can you afford to write off business fraud?

How to reduce business fraud

  1. Require every employee to complete an employment application. Ask if they have any criminal history and complete a background check.
  2. Only use pre-approved vendors.
  3. Include a code of ethics in your employee handbook.
  4. Provide annual training.
  5. Sign off on all expenses over $50; this includes expense accounts.
  6. Require all employees to take their scheduled vacations.
  7. Have separation of services between check writing, approval and deposits.
  8. Use an outside CPA to audit books and complete tax returns.
  9. Limit access to bank passwords and statements to top managers.
  10. Purchase employee dishonesty coverage.

Employee dishonesty is the most common fidelity threat; including losses due to employee dishonesty, credit card forgery, computer fraud and theft, and disappearance and destruction of property.

An Employee Dishonesty bond provides coverage when an employee steals money, equipment or other assets from you or one of your clients. Employee dishonesty coverage is one of the key coverages provided in a commercial crime policy.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.