GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The holidays provide thieves a prime opportunity to take advantage of shoppers by stealing their identities. This is because many shoppers lose track of how much they've spent and exactly where they've spent their money on gifts.
You'll want to make sure you pay more attention to your credit card and bank statements during this time of year. Officials with the Grand Junction Police Department say they don't really see an increase in identity theft during the Christmas season. Scammers still try to take advantage of the circumstances.
"With people doing a lot of shopping, they may not be checking their bank accounts - so they may not notice they have become a victim of a scammer for example. Or they're out there online making purchases not realizing that the information that they're giving, they're giving it to someone who is stealing it from them as opposed to a legitimate site," says Kate Porras, of the Grand Junction Police Department.
If you do become a victim of identity theft you should contact your bank and credit card companies. It's also important to file a report with the police, even though the scammer is usually not from the same area.