Posted: 9:18 p.m. MST
The Grinch may have paid an early visit this year, after hackers stole credit card information from potentially 40 million target customers nationwide over the holiday season.
This has put many shoppers on high alert while they finish up their last minute Christmas shopping.
But in case the Grinch stole you're Christmas, experts have a few tips on what to do if you are a victim of identity theft.
1.) Report it to the police.
2.) Contact your credit reporting agency.
3.) Contact federal trade commission and file a complaint.
4.) Report it to your bank.
While experts say it's difficult to avoid hackers, there are some ways to protect yourself.
"Never carry more than one credit card in your purse because a purse can be stolen,” said Janet Torricellas the Director at the Yuma branch of the Better Business Bureau. “Social Security cards, try not to keep them in your wallets. And when you're giving out personal information, try to make sure who you are giving it to and what they are going to be using it for."
Stores are not the only place these hackers target. Consumers should also be aware of telemarketers.
"Marketing callers do call consumers requesting personal information posing as a bank. Do not give your personal information especially over the phone," added Torricellas.