Life can get busy, and your to-do list can seem to get longer every day. While some tasks may get moved to the next day, it’s important to remember that keeping yourself protected from fraud is something that should never be left ‘til tomorrow. National Protect Your Identity Week (October 20-27th) reminds everyone how easy identity theft is, and that it happens to people all across the country every day. Check out these resources from USA.gov to keep you and your family protected and informed at all times:
Securing all your information is the first step in preventing identity theft. Some tips include: never carrying your Social Security card in your wallet, never writing down important PIN numbers, and tearing up or shredding important documents rather than simply throwing them away. Learn more tips and how to report identity theft so you’re prepared for anything that comes your way.
Fraud and identity theft come in many different forms—including by phone and email— and can affect anyone. Seniors are a common target because new technologies can be harder for them to understand, they are likely to have good credit, and they are generally more trusting. Children’s identities can be stolen just as easily as anyone else’s. If a child’s identity is stolen, it might be years until it’s noticed due to lack of credit checks and other documentation. Sharing useful tips and resources with your family and friends could end up saving someone from fraud later down the road.
The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Fighting Back Against Identity Theft site helps individuals, businesses and military members prevent identity theft. You can learn more about protecting yourself, and find out what to do if your identity has been stolen. The FTC helps individuals as well as businesses and their customers deal with identity theft.
Join identity theft experts on Twitter for a live chat on Tuesday, October 16th, at 8pm EST. Using the hashtag #PYIW, ask the experts your questions and see what other issues they highlight during this live chat. Can’t make it on Tuesday night? You can also search that same hashtag on Twitter and see all their responses any time after the chat.
Posted on Fri, October 12, 2012
by Karin Park