Authorities warn against financial fraud

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - This time of year, crooks will stop at nothing to steal gifts, cash, even one's identity.

That's why authorities are trying to get the word out on how to consumers can stay protected.

They say to take a close look at your change. According to the U.S. Secret Service, $20 dollar bills are the most common counterfeit currency passed off on consumers.

"Watch your credit card. If you hand it to somebody to have them scan it and make a purchase, watch where they're taking it," said Reggie Lloyd chief at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

They also advise consumers to check their statements closely for any purchases they did not make. Those who think they have been the victim of financial transaction fraud, should call their bank or credit card company.

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