Holiday Scam and Theft Reminders

With the holidays approaching many people are out buying gifts for loved ones.

However, officials say that means open season for scams and stolen identities.

Officials say there is a significant jump in identity thefts as with crimes in general during the holidays.

They want to remind people of the simple things they can do to make sure they don't become a victim of one of these crimes.

Officials say if you leave a purse or any item with personal information in your car, take the time to put it in the trunk.

They say when throwing away your mail, make sure to shred it or rip it up.

Most importantly, they say always be aware.

“Any transaction that you use the biggest thing is just making sure you keep that ledger up to date and then being able to go back and monitor your account as much as possible so that you can ensure that no one else has been using your information or your credit card," said Dothan Police Officer Devellus Butler.

Law enforcement officials also want to remind everyone to always lock your doors.

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