Last Minute Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

You may be like a lot of other Americans and have left some of your holiday shopping to the very last minute! That’s OK. Here are some holiday shopping safety tips to keep you calm and safe in the stores and online:

Shopping in Stores

• Never buy more than you can carry. If you know you will need to buy a lot, plan ahead and take a friend who can fit your gifts in their car and always use a shopping cart.

• Never bring small children on last minute holiday shopping trips, especially on Christmas Eve. It tends to get very busy on the day before Christmas and little ones can get separated from their care givers or end up in the wrong hands.

• Save all of your receipts. It can get very busy for cashiers and mistakes do happen.

• Consider paying with cash to avoid credit card fraud for all your items but never carry too much cash on you at one time.

• Tell security if you see an unattended bag or package.

• Deter pickpockets. Never leave your wallet in your back pocket and never leave your purse in the seat of the shopping cart. Keep your purse on your shoulder and on your chest at all times.

• Have your keys in hand when entering the parking lot.

• Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Be sure to lock your car whenever you head into a different store.

Online Shopping

• Before surfing the web, secure your personal information by updating your security software.

• Never have your computer remember you payment information.

• Make sure you have a secure password to any computer you are working on.

• Beware of bargains from companies with whom you are unfamiliar – if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.

• Use secure websites only.

• Shop only with companies you trust.

To get more holiday shopping safety tips, visit the National Crime Prevent Council website.

Dear Friends and Clients,

Our firm is dedicated to act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues. As such, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, most from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for the country we live in, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance and representation from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Marvin Anderman and the firm family of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP