Social security secrets will reveal some of the more risky places you may be giving out your Social Security number.
Nine million Americans are affected by identity theft every year that can devastate your credit score, finances, and medical health.
The amount of stolen social security numbers has increased greatly over the last few years, one reason being the crash of the economy.
Recently, the antivirus software company McAfee, released a list of the most unsafe places you can give your social security number.
This list will be a surprise and a wake up call to most everyone.
These businesses are based and ranked on the amount of data breaches that involve Social Security numbers from Jan. 2009-Oct. 2010.
To receive services from most businesses you are required to reveal your social security number (required by the businesses own policy or required by law).
This is a perfect recipe to become a victim of identity theft.
These include services in medical billing, pharmaceutical companies, dialysis and diabetes supplies, etc.
These days you have to be aware and knowledgeable to the dangers of identity theft and how you can become a victim.
For more information to protect yourself from this devastating crime, go to avoiding identity theft to learn more.
Take steps to lower your risk of identity theft and limit the fallout from becoming a victim.
Never give your social security number to people like this.
These are normally hoaxes and you will wind up becoming a victim of identity theft.
The IRS will never ask you for personal information via email.
Explain this is for your own protection.
Go to social security news to keep yourself up to date on new social security scams.
If the thief has access to your social security number, he also has access to your whole life.
I also shred anything that has my name and address on it.
Install internet security software and antivirus on your computer and frequently update it.
Don’t use the same passwords for social networks and your financial accounts.
Social security secrets also include controlling any damage that may occur.
This includes taking time to frequently check all your credit card accounts and your bank account on a consistent basis.
I recently found while checking my online bank account that one of my cards had a charge on it that I hadn’t made.
I called my bank's fraud unit, reported it, cancelled the card, received a new one, and changed the PIN number.
The fraudulent purchase had been made online. I had just used that card to make an online purchase.
Obviously, my information had been captured.
I find this a better way to do this and your chances of catching something fraudulent are maximized.
If you find a problem, ask the three credit bureaus to put fraud alerts on your accounts.
See credit freeze for step-by-step comprehensive and critical instructions.
If your purse or wallet is stolen and your social security card, credit cards, etc is in it be sure to contact the police and file a police report.
This action will allow you to have an extended fraud alert, which lasts 7 years, on your credit report and the documentation will help your case if you become an ID theft victim.
Follow the credit freeze link above for the proper steps to take.
These social security secrets will keep your chances of identity theft to a minimum and help you educate yourself on this crime that has risen to epidemic proportions in the last few years.