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Shop securely: Amica shares tips to prevent cyber fraud

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11/26/2013

LINCOLN, RI - Online shopping continues to grow in popularity, especially as consumers look to avoid long lines and chaos during the holidays. Shopping online can lead to cyber fraud, however, so Amica Insurance is sharing some tips to help keep your identity safe.

Scammers use several techniques to commit cyber fraud, according to a release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Those methods include sending emails to promote the sale of counterfeit products, running fraudulent auction sales and reselling merchandise bought with stolen credit cards.

The FBI reminds consumers to be extremely cautious when shopping online, as cyber criminals will resort to “aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.” That’s why Amica is sharing the following tips from the FBI to help prevent cyber fraud:

• Never respond to unsolicited emails or “spam.”
• Files attached to emails may contain viruses, so don’t open them unless you know they’re from a trustworthy source.
• It might be a scam if you’re asked to act quickly or respond to an emergency through email.
• Don’t fill out forms in emails that request personal information.
• Make sure requests from businesses and financial institutions are valid before responding with personal information.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 employees in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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