Identity Theft Precautions
Tips To Protect You
Against Identity Theft!
Identity theft precautions are imperative to do to keep you and your
loved ones safe and secure from becoming an identity theft victim.
Identity theft is Big business and has increased rapidly in the last few years.
One reason for the upswing in this crime is the crashing of the economy.
There are so many people losing their homes, and the amount of people losing their jobs just keeps growing.
Protecting yourself and avoiding identity theft should be one of your top priorities.
Where before career criminals took advantage of many types of
identity theft, an increase in this crime has happened because people
without homes or jobs are becoming desperate to make money any way they
You need to be knowledgeable and educated concerning this crime
that can turn your life into a nightmare if you become a victim.
Identity Theft Precautions
Facts On Fraud
- Don’t be too quick to sign up for any work from home scams.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau before spending money on this type of business.
Most of them are scams. It is very hard to find one that is legitimate.
- No matter what you’re told, foreign lotteries are illegal in the United States.
See lottery scam to learn more.
- Always check your bank statement every month to make sure there are no charges that you don’t recognize.
- Your bank will never call or email you for your account number.
- Never wire money to anyone you don’t know.
- Go to annualcreditreport.com and order a copy of your report every year from the three national credit bureaus.
- Doing this will alert you to activity in your financial records.
- If you think you have become a victim of identity
theft and want to file a complaint, go to ftc.gov/complaint, or call
Tips For Identity Theft Precautions
Are you aware of the facts or warning signs of identity theft to avoid?
Below are listed some preventative strategies for identity theft precautions to be conscious of.
- Make sure you guard your Social Security numbers. This one item is the key to your bank accounts and credit report.
- This is the big thing the criminal goes after and
gives the thief access to your life and makes you an easy target for a
criminal to commit identity theft.
To learn more identity theft precautions, go to stolen social security numbers for more information.
- If you come across something that sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Be Wary!
- Don’t let anyone pressure you into acting too quickly. Take your time and investigate before committing yourself to something.
- Be alert to any promises of guaranteed success with high returns.
- If a business opportunity doesn’t have the look of a real business and requires an upfront investment, (also offers a “free” prize), be forewarned.
- If a buyer is willing to overpay you for items, but wants you to send them the difference.
- If your gut feeling tells you something is not quite right, listen to it.
More ID Theft Precautions To Take
It’s never too late to become educated on the “it’s to good to be true” scams out there.
Make this a priority! If you don’t do this, it can cost you your name and your identity.
- Always monitor your Social Security information. Order your Social Security Benefits and Earnings statement.
- Do this once a year to check for fraud. Go to www.ssa.gov, or write or call your local office.
- Never carry any important documents, extra credit cards, or your Social Security card in your purse or wallet.
- Your activity concerning your credit cards should also be closely monitored.
Carefully go through your monthly statements to check for fraud.
- Always, always use a shredder. I never throw anything with my name on it in the garbage without shredding it first.
For more important information to be aware of, go to shredding documents to learn more.
- I always shred anything with my personal information on it.
- Always make copies of your credit cards, Social Security card, and driver’s license.
- Make sure you copy both sides of your credit cards and drivers license and put them in a safe, secure place.
- Identity theft precautions include never putting outgoing mail, such as bill payments, in your mailbox.
- Mailboxes are not secure or safe. If possible, take all outgoing mail to the post office.
- Never give your credit card number, Social Security
card number or any other personal information to someone over the phone
unless You are the person that initiated the call and you know you can trust that particular business.
- Don’t click on links inside an email when you visit a website. Go to your browser and type in the address instead.
- Online businesses can look like the “real deal” online.
Always check out a site at bbb.org (Better Business Bureau),
or go online and find customer review’s for the particular business you
are interested in before spending your money, and possibly leaving
yourself open for identity theft.
I hope that you find the identity theft precautions I have given
help you become informed, and stop you from becoming a victim of
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