Posts Tagged ‘Identity Theft’

The Three Most Dangerous Kinds of Identity Theft

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Identity theft is awful, inconvenient, life changing and costly. But according to USA Today the three most dangerous types of identity theft are Child ID theft, Medical ID theft and Tax ID theft. Why?

Child ID theft can take years to discover. Often children will not realize they have been a victim until years later when they go to establish their own legitimate credit.
Check out this previous blog on protecting your children from ID theft. PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN’S IDENTITY

Medical ID theft can be scary since it results in your personal information landing in the wrong hands. It could potential lead to deadly medical mistakes. Make sure to review all your medical statements.

Tax ID theft is one of the easier ways for thieves to make money. Make sure to file your tax returns early in the season and shred all your information as soon as you are done with it. Check out this previous post as a reference to when you can shred your personal documents.

WHAT TO SHRED WHEN
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Identity Theft Still Number 1 Consumer Complaint

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

As thieves continue to try to hack sites and steal your identity, make sure you know how to protect yourself and your identity.
The most common way thieves misuse your information is from government records. Credit card theft continues to be on the rise. Americans between the ages of 20 and 60 are the biggest targets. Florida was the state to files the most complaints.
Sharing your Social Security number is the easiest way for would be thieves to gain access to your identify.
Shredding all records with your Social Security number and personal information and limiting the number of agencies that have access to your information is the best way to limit your risk of identity theft.

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Target is taking a no harm no foul defense in its data breach case

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Target customers may not be receiving anything for the aggravation resulting from epic data breach. Other court decisions have found that the mere risk of identity theft is not enough to award customers and client with damages. A ruling in favor of Target would also benefit such dependents as Home Depot.

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Police Find Women Dumpster Diving Near Texas Hotel

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Two women were caught dumpster diving according to Round Rock Police. The women were spotted in a dumpster at nearby hotel around 1:30 am. The duo had stolen nearly 100 names, credit card numbers and personal information. Both were found with drugs. The stolen information was intended to be sold in exchange for drugs.

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Identity Theft: A Tale As Old As Time

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Although identify theft is the hottest crime around today it is nothing new. The first recorded instance of identity theft was in the bible, believe it or not. In chapter 25 of Genesis, Jacob disguises himself in goat skin to trick his father into giving his blessing of his firstborn instead of his brother, Esau’s in order to acquire all his father’s property and livestock.
Fast forward to more modern times, voter registration and ballot stuffing was a huge identity theft concern in the early 1900’s in America. Fake ID’s became the problem after the law repealed prohibition in the 1930’s. Until the mid 1980’s each state was responsible for setting its own legal drinking age. Therefore, teens and college aged kids would use fake ID’s or cross from state to state to enjoy a few brews.
Until 1965 and the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act, illegal immigrants rarely posed a problem since there were policies that actually allowed migrant and seasonal laborers to enter the country legally and the laws prohibiting them from staying in the country were often overlooked since they tended settled in and contributed to the community.
Then, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 required that employees must provide government issued identification, namely a license and social security card, to gain employment. This resulted in an influx of social security fraud.
From here, identity theft has morphed and adapted to aid the criminal’s need. But the bottom line is identity theft is not a new crime. It has just gained popularity as technology has made it easier to commit and becoming a victim is almost inevitable.

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Identity Theft Risks Lurk in Your Kid’s Backpack

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The summer has been great, beach, pool, cookouts and vacations, all the things we look forward to during the cold, snowy winter months. As summer winds down, many of us are beginning to shift gears to the back to school routine. What is more exciting for kids than picking out new back to school clothes and deciding between the hottest style backpacks? Though parents beware! It’s what goes in those backpacks that could be disastrous in the wrong hands. Thieves would love to get their hands on keys, ID badges, cell phones and other electronics. Here are some tips to help keep your personal information personal.
Smart Phones: Remind your children to not store passwords and personal information in the Notes App.
Electronics: Remove one touch purchasing from electronics to avoid a huge bill if stolen.
ID’s and Name tags: Use your office address instead of home address.

Check out this article for more tips on keeping kids identity safe for back to school.

Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Your Shredding.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When shredded paper ends up in the trash, it’s like you are telling thieves what to take. Identity theft and data breaches still top the charts when it comes to leading crimes. So while you are taking steps towards protecting yourself and your company from such theft, make sure you are doing all you can to avoid a possible disasters.

Most office shredders simply shred paper into strips making it easy to reconstruct the original document and since most office shredders only have a small holding capacity you will be disposing the shredded paper in small batches, also facilitating the reconstruction of private documents.

When shredding companies shred paper, the documents are destroyed in large industrial shredders that cross cut or pulverize the paper making it near impossible to reconstruct. The paper is then comingled meaning it is mixed with thousands of other pounds of paper making it even more impossible to reconstruct documents. Since Highland Shredding bales and recycles all shredded paper it then goes directly to recycling plants and never to trash or landfills yet another step in the protection of your documents.

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8 Things You Should Shred Right Now!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your identity. Here is a reminder of things that you really should shred, NOW!

Old Tax Returns – keep them for 3 or 4 years. Then you should be safe to shred, unless you’re suspected of fraud – eek!

Old Bank Statements – keep to verify balances and transactions, then they are safe to shred. It is also a good idea to have them emailed to avoid the risk of them being stolen from your mailbox.

Credit Card Offers – either take advantage of the offer or shred it right away. Don’t want someone else opening up a card in your name.

Old Photo IDs – if you dispose of them, make sure they are shredded! Remember the old licenses had your social security number on them.

Pay Stubs – there is so much information on your pay stubs that would be criminals could benefit from – last deposit amount, health insurance info, place of employment, etc.

Convenience Checks – I can’t believe they still mail these. Use them right away or shred them!

Cancelled Checks – Remember, your account info is still on these checks even if you write VOID.

Cancelled Credit Cards – Remember to cut the magnetic strip with the encoded info!

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Identity Theft: What To Do If It Happens To You

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I visited my accountant yesterday to discuss a suspicious looking letter I received regarding taxes. My letter was in fact legitimate, though she said she had not personally seen that type of letter before and understood my skepticism. From there we got to talking about how terrible it was that I had to question the legitimacy of the letter due to this new world of theft. Over the years I have received phone calls, emails, and letters that have turned out to be scams. Thankfully I was never fooled by them but that is probably because my Social Security number was compromised years ago, leading me to be much more cautious and skeptical.
As I have posted so often, the number of people falling victim to ID theft is staggering. Here is another resource to check out to help protect your identity and the steps to take if you do become a victim.

Protecting Against Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself from the Number One Fastest Growing Crime: Identity Theft.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing crime in America. Being a victim of identity theft can be devastating for your credit, family, and bank account. It is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent identity theft. The number one way to prevent identity theft is to protect your personal information, of course. This link shares some great strategies for preventing identity theft.
Shredding your personal information is the best way to prevent thieves from gathering information from your trash or landfills. Make sure it is shredded in a cross cut shredder. Also, make sure to order a credit report at least once a year to monitor activity on your social security number. This site suggests ordering a report twice a year. Everyone is entitled to a free report yearly; make sure you take advantage of it!
Be smart about who you give your information to. If a caller seems fishy, call the company yourself. If it’s a credit card company or bank, call the number on your card or bank statement to verify they are the ones calling you. Thieves are sneaky, sneaky! They can even duplicate logos and signatures to make emails look legitimate so NEVER provide personal information through email.

For more tips check out this site. This is only one of many sources to help you become and informed consumer and protect yourself against identity theft.