Archive for July, 2009
Have you ever stopped to think that even celebrities are victims of identity theft? Hard to imagine, isn’t it? They are popular, we know what they look and sound like, and yet it can still happen to them! We’re not talking about walking in a retail store with a credit card that says “Paris Hilton” on it and trying to make a purchase. However, cyber criminals steal money from the rich & famous. (more…)
There was a movie made for television a few years ago called: “Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story”. The story of this then 29 year old woman made enough of an impact to make her story known to the public. Michelle was able to testify before a U.S. Senate Committee back in the year 2000. Her testimony provides much insight into what happened to her.
If you have read prior posts on this website, then your answer might be different than if you were to just read this question for the first time. “How safe are you from identity theft” poses some questions for thought:
-Do you just throw away documents that contain your personal information, rather than shredding or burning them?
-When you travel, do you allow your mail to be delivered and sit in your mailbox while you are gone?
-When you are at home, is your mail delivered to an accessible mailbox that any passer by can take from?
-Is your name still on the lists of pre-approved credit companies?
-Do you send mail from your unlocked mailbox? (more…)
Have you ever read a story or watched a movie and said to yourself: “I’m glad this didn’t happen to me.” You may not realize it, but with identity theft, it could have happened to you and you not even realize it yet! Yes, the damage done to your credit will eventually come to light, but when will you realize it. Will it be when you go to apply for a loan? Will it be when you apply for a credit card? Will it be when you go to withdraw money from your bank account and it is overdrawn? Will it be when you are being pursued for non-payment on an account that you never opened? (more…)
Our goal is to be sure that our readers understand that once your identity is stolen, things will not be the same. Please, don’t wait until your identity is stolen! Doing your research on the internet should prove that there are literally thousands upon thousands of victims out there that we will probably never hear from. The reality is almost to the point where you have to say it is not “if” but “when”. Anyone who has a social security number is at risk. Yes, even children are victims of identity theft! (more…)
Do you know anyone who has become a victim of identity theft? Some of us may feel that since we are not victims of this crime (or at least, don’t know that we are victims) that everything will be ok, however, by talking to someone we know who has been victimized, we might feel very differently about not taking steps to protect our credit.
Protecting our credit is so simple to do (more…)
In researching the services that LifeLock provides, it is easy to see why LifeLock works for so many who are concerned that they might become victims of identity theft. Those who have already become victims of identity theft want to be sure that the use of their personal financial information is not used again. LifeLock provides services to help and for less than $10 per month, it is well worth the cost. (more…)
Many feel that their credit is safe because they have not seen any evidence to make them think otherwise. No one is calling and saying they owe money that they never authorized payment for. Bank accounts and credit cards do not show any fraudulent activity. No letters have arrived in the mail to say that there is a problem, so everything is ok, right?
Not necessarily so. Do you realize that (more…)
According to a Sacramento news website, Sutter Health workers will soon be receiving a letter that their personal data has been compromised. The social security numbers’ of approximately 6,000 personnel was saved to a laptop that was reported missing back in 2007. The laptop recently was turned in to a repair shop. Once technicians at the repair shop realized what the file contained, they returned the hard drive to Sutter Health. They also wrote a certified letter stating that they did not retain any of the information contained on the hard drive.