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Shop Safe, Shop Local

shopping_onlineThe holiday season is upon us, and for many that means serious shopping. This month includes some of the year’s biggest shopping days: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

The deals are usually pretty hot, and to save money, we certainly encourage you to plan ahead and use the savings to your advantage for items you need. But we also want to help protect you financially, so keep these tips in mind as you go, and always be vigilant, to protect your accounts:

  • Check your statements and transaction history often to ensure all the purchases are valid
  • Shopping from home? Make sure you only use secure websites. The URLs should start with “https” (the “s” is for “secure”).
  • When you’re “checking out” and it’s time to process an online payment, make sure there’s a security icon on the page; most often it appears as an image of a padlock next to the URL.
  • Please be careful, but rest assured: you are not liable for fraudulent purchases on your First Source credit or debit cards!

Also please remember to support local when you can. We have a wonderful array of local businesses here in the Mohawk Valley, and choosing them means you’ll be helping working families throughout the area. As long as you’re shopping, why not support your local economy and community at the same time?

Thanks, and happy shopping!

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