HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - This week has been designated as National Consumer Protection Week, set aside to call attention to potential scams and to alert you to potential red flags.
This year, the Better Business Bureau wants you to remember the acronym SCAM.
Be stingy about giving out your personal information unless you have a reason to trust the individual.
Check your financial information regularly, and look for what should or should not be there.
Periodically ask for a copy of your credit report. Ideally, you should do this twice a year. A free one can be obtained at AnnualCreditReport.com, with no strings attached.
Finally, maintain careful records of your banking and financial accounts. A good rule of thumb is to keep them for at least a year.
For additional information on keeping updated with the latest tips to protect your information, visit the National Consumer Protection Week website.