Now is the time to protect identity theft targets and prevent them from becoming victims. Identity theft is one of the worst criminal activities rampant over the Internet right now, and affects not only hundreds of computer users every single day, but severely impacts the personal lives of many hundreds of people.
Identity theft can occur in many ways. It could be as simple as someone overhearing your confidential information, or getting hold of documents containing valuable information from the rubbish bin where you’ve thrown it away. However, now that technology’s been improving steadily, even scammers have found a way to make use of these advancements to their advantage.
Carefully crafted scams now circulate the web and people who are unaware of how this criminal activity mechanism works, easily fall into the trap. To be able to protect yourself from identity theft, the most important step is awareness. Educate yourself regarding the different scams used by identity thieves so you can prepare and prevent yourself from being one of their many unsuspecting victims. Here are some tips on how you can protect yourself against identity theft:
- Do NOT trust anyone especially when it comes to confidential personal information. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry. Always take caution.
- Always be mindful of where you place important documents containing confidential information. If you are to dispose these documents, make sure you shred them first before throwing them away. Examples of which are bank statements and credit card applications.
- If you do engage in online transactions and use online banking, make sure you only make transactions with LEGITIMATE parties and institutions.
- Don’t fall for phishing scams. Phishing scams take the form of emails that appear as if they were sent by banks, financial institutions or telecommunications provider you’re affiliated with. These emails will be asking you to enter your personal details, such as bank account number, social security number and the likes. Before responding to emails like this, validate such notice to the concerned institution/s first to make sure it’s a valid and legitimate inquiry.
- Secure a personal identity theft protection service that will perform regular credit monitoring that will alert you for suspicious transactions and attempts to access your personal information.
Restoring your identity is far more costly than taking some action now to prevent becoming another victim.Mail this post