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Identity Theft means using someone’s personal information to open accounts, make purchases, commit fraud, and much worse. That is why it’s essential that you know about the ways to prevent that, before it happens. Continue reading to stay updated:
Never Share your National/Tax ID
National ID/Tax ID such as an SSN can cause harm to you if it gets in the wrong hands. To prevent that:
- Avoid carrying your ID with you in your wallet when you go outside
- Don’t write it down anywhere
- Don’t enter the number on any random website, unless you know what you’re doing
- Be wary of your surroundings when narrating your number to a customer service representative
Stop paying your bills Offline
You should know that you aren’t living in the 1800s. Paying bills online over your secure WiFi is much better than paying them offline. This prevents someone like a postman to look into your information on a mail you receive.
Delete yourself from the Internet
Fraudsters aggregate and analyze the information provided by you on social media to know more about you, which they can use to file wrong taxes, own property illegally, or even harass you for ransom. For this reason, you should take your measures and know how to delete yourself from the internet, to stay safe. This reduces the chances of the misuse of the data.
Enable Fraud Alert on your Credit Report
Enabling Fraud alert is an additional security towards Identity Fraud. It makes it harder for the fraudster to use your information to open accounts in your name because it informs your whenever there’s an application in your name. You can enable the Fraud Alert on by contacting the credit bureaus. On the plus side, it’s free and gives you a free copy of your credit report.
Stay alert, Stay safe!