Identity theft has become a major issue in recent years. With a simple swipe of a name, social security number or credit card number, a thief may have access to your credit cards, your bank accounts, your reputation and much more . This sort of theft can be seriously detrimental not only to your wallet but may also cause you to be tried for crimes of fraud and such.
The American Federal Trade Commission estimates that over nine million Americans have their identity stolen each year – it’s extremely likely that you already know someone who has been a victim of this crime. The type of theft depends widely on what has been stolen and how it has been used – for example, if a thief has taken your name, social security number, and credit card to rent a home, or buy a car you’ll likely be in much more trouble than if someone has only tried to use your credit card.
It is important to understand how thieves obtain your information. The FTC has put together this list of the most common resources for identity thieves and we’re passing it along to you:
Thieves are very resourceful and will go to all lengths to steal your information. To combat this, you need to be aware of your accounts, be careful not to use suspicious ATMs, and be mindful of who you divulge sensitive personal information to. At Allied Fire & Security, we want to keep you safe and part of that is helping to prevent identity theft.