Identity Theft Protection
When the average American thinks about personal security, identity theft protection may not be the first concern that comes to mind. While most people have at least heard of identity theft and identity fraud, many of them are unaware of how widespread and complex the problems actually are.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has called identity theft one of the fastest-growing crimes in America.1
ID theft: Making a plan to protect yourself
There are many ways these crimes can occur, which makes them especially difficult to protect against.# Criminals do not have to break into your home to commit identity fraud and access your money; there are many other ways that criminals can steal your information and misuse it for their own gain.
For instance, your identity can potentially be compromised even when you are engaged in perfectly legitimate everyday transactions, such as paying your medical bills, ordering a gift online or swiping your debit card at a restaurant. So how is the average consumer supposed to guard against this threat?
That’s where identity theft protection companies enter the picture.
Sources and Research
1. “Social Security Administration. Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number.” SSA Publication No. 05-10064. August 2009.
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Learn more about ID theft protection
What is identity theft?
Where identity theft occurs
- Wallet and/or credit card theft
- Mail theft
- Online attacks
- ATM skimmers
- Data breaches
- Dumpster diving for personal documents
Of course, these are only a few of the ways that thieves can obtain your personal data. As technology continues to evolve, crime evolves with it. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is essential for consumers to proactively protect their identities.
IdentityTheftProtection.org is here to offer you the information you need when it comes to helping secure your identity and protecting your finances along with your good name. To learn more about common types of fraud and how they occur, read through the resources offered on this website.