Identity Theft Prevention | What to Do if You’re a Victim

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From the US Treasury Dept. Explains the steps you should take if you become a victim of identity theft. Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can cost you time and money. It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name. Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information. ■ Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them. ■ Protect your Social Security number. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write your Social Security number on a check. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier. ■ Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with. ■ Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails; instead, type in a web address you know. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for more information. ■ Don’t use an obvious password like your birth date, your mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. ■ Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having work done in your house. Defend against ID theft as soon as you suspect it. ■ Place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit reports, and

Patrick

6 Comments

  1. MyRetartedBroProd says:

    Joshua

    fuck!….i think i have one right now, my comp has a blank background and it only shows the tool bar im running scans right now ahh

  2. pplAssist says:

    Carmen

    There are more aspect of IDT. This video only cover financial area (20% of IDT) and there are no solution provided (Only Monitor and flag your it but no real RESTORATION)…

    For more complete solution, please check out Pre-Paid Legal & Kroll’s IDT plan which cover 5 major area of IDT.

  3. whitekid3 says:

    April

    i just found out that an illegal alien is using my s.s. number for his job… luckily, the person hasn’t opened any credit cards… but i got a bill from the irs that i owed $3,500 for not reporting the income the illegal alien was making… now i have to go thru the hassle of cleaning up the mess… i usually have compassion for illegal aliens, but now i think i’m going to vote republican.

  4. woowooha2003 says:

    Lucy

    Recent victim of ID theft. Thanks for the video… I did all the right things now all I can do is pray.

  5. XxUrDaddyxX says:

    Glenda

    Thank The Tips And Video. This Things Are Pretty Scary!

  6. ScamExpert says:

    Jessie

    Stay safe online… Use firewalls,anti-spyware,

    and anti-virus software to protect your home

    computer; keep them up-to-date. Don’t use outdated

    versions of IE. Never click on links sent in

    unsolicited emails; instead, type in a web address

    you know. Google Nigerian scam.

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