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Steering away from identity theft

By Amanda Randell
Published: Friday, September 16th, 2011

Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the world today. At present, the US is one of the most affected as billions of dollars are lost yearly in payment to damages and repair fees. When it comes to identity theft, both the owner of the account and the establishments are considered as victims.  Because of its widespread effects, it can now be considered as a disease, thankfully, there’s a solution to this disease. With the right methods, it is now possible to avoid falling victim – now you can keep out of trouble, not to mention heaps of unjustified debt!

How do you protect yourself from identity theft? Here are some tips.

  1. Be wary of that ‘employer’ who emailed you and offering you a good job. He might have included pictures, documents and even references on how good his company is and will be if you are in it but you should take a good hard look once he asks you for personal details that only you should know. Asking for your full name may be acceptable but if he starts to prod in more secure details like social security number and the likes, be sure to flag him as one of those would-be millionaires who duped you. Be wary of these people, they may pose to be very reliable at first and then turn to be tricksters the next moment. Employers should know some information about you, but not everything about you; especially if the job offer only came off as an email out of nowhere.
  2. This also goes true for some ‘government’ people out there who aim to use your details in totally legitimate matters and even research and surveys. No survey should include credit card numbers in the questionnaire. Its not that you don’t trust anyone, it’s just better to keep clear of possibly risky people.
  3. Don’t be careless. Sometimes, we become too lax about how we move about in our daily lives that we seem to forget the importance of keeping everything in order. This is not to point out that you should fold your dirty clothes before you put them in the hamper but rather take care of possible items that may lead to your identity being stolen. If your bank has issued a new credit card to you, make sure you destroy the old one. To dispose of old documents, it is best to put them in the paper shredder so that no one else can see the information in them. If you are using a public computer, make sure you delete the cache and cookies after logging out. Also, don’t leave your deleted documents in the recycle bin – empty it out when possible.
  4. Receipts, credit card bills and other paper documents that may contain sensitive information about your accounts and other details should be kept in a secure location such as a safe or a lock cabinet.

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