Preventing Identity Theft, Part 1

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According to FBI data, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. The harm caused by identity theft may endure for years. The attorneys at Loan Lawyers can help anyone damaged by identity theft repair their credit. Here is the first part of an article listing tips for avoiding identity theft:

MONITOR YOUR PERSONAL CREDIT! Individuals should regularly check their credit report for any fake credit accounts in their name. They should take advantage of free credit reports and other low-cost intermittent reports for regular oversight. They should expediently place fraud alerts and credit freezes on an account when necessary.

Protect your Social Security Number. According to the IRS, individuals should never carry a Social Security card or other documents containing an SSN on their person in public. Individuals must ascertain and verify that any personal business contacts who require an SSN, communicate why they need it, how they will safeguard it, and under what circumstances they will share it, if applicable. Consumers should also not permit any entities to use an SSN as an identification number.

Secure your computer. Computer users should have a firewall, up-to-date antivirus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software. If bills are paid online, individuals should never store credit card or bank account information on the website of the other party. Internet account passwords should be routinely changed.

Use caution whenever you must enter a PIN. When using an ATM, individuals should pay close attention to their surroundings and always shield the keypad when entering a PIN or personal identification number.

Stay tuned to future blogs for more tips for avoiding identity theft!

The experienced South Florida defense attorneys at Loan Lawyers are here to help you if you are experiencing difficulty because of unpaid debts. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at 954-523-HELP (4357).