Posts Tagged ‘Social Security number’

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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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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Medical Records Found in Dumpster by Florida Pharmacy

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

More medical records were dumped by a pharmacy in a dumpster in Florida. The patient’s records contained names, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers and medications. According to Florida Board of Health, medical records are not allowed to be disposed of in this way. It is suggested that records containing patient information be shredded or burned. This incident is being examined by the Florida Department of Health.

Check out the new report here.

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