Honey, did you take out the trash?

A common tactic of identity thieves is dumpster diving or rummaging through garbage cans. Protect yourself and shred all sensitive information!

Examples

  • Medical Record
  • Luggage Tags
  • Address Labels
  • Bank Statements
  • Birth Certificates
  • Legal Documents
  • Bills
  • Used Airline tickets
  • Anything with your email address
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More Examples

  • Checks
  • Pay Stubs, Tax forms
  • ID badges, ID cards of any kind
  • Insurance documents
  • Pre-approved credit applications
  • Receipts
  • Resumes
  • Transcripts
  • Anything with your signature on it

Next time you take out the trash, keep these items in mind!

 

Mommy Dearest

When you think of the word “mother”, most would define it as one who provides guidance and loving protection of her children.

Well, that’s not the case when it comes to a mother in South Jersey. According to the South Jersey Times, Angela Zane, a 34 year old mother of five, has been charged with identity theft of all five of her children.

On February 6, 2013, Zane was arrested on 10 counts of theft of services, 10 counts of identity theft and 1 count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. According to local authorities, Zane allegedly opened fraudulent accounts in the names of her children with service providers such as Verizon, Atlantic City Electric, Comcast and others. The accounts were created in an effort to avoid making monthly payments. Since Zane used her children’s social security numbers, she has damaged their credit history for when they become adults.

This is a sad reminder that everyone, even children are vulnerable when it comes to Identity theft. Responsible Parents should protect their children’s personal information (full name, date of birth, and social security numbers). If you suspect that your child’s information has been compromised, contact each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies (Equifax,Experian and TransUnion),and ask for a manual search of your child’s file.

For the Full Article on Angela Zane go to www.nj.com The article referenced was written by Brittany M. Wehner/South Jersey Times.

Identity Theft – In The Movies

The movie “Identity Thief “ is a fun, light hearted view of what can happen to a person who has had his Identity stolen and to be quite honest the trailer and the movie are hilarious. Unfortunately, when it happens in real life, it is no laughing matter. In the USA an identity is stolen every three seconds.

So what are some things you can do to protect yourself?

In the movie the ID was stolen with a simple phone call. If you receive a call from someone who states that they are calling as a fraud alert agent:

  1. Look at your caller ID, the name of the financial institution should be displayed.
  2. The caller should state the name of the financial institution that issued the card along with the last four digits on the card that has been compromised.
  3. A legitimate agent will not ask for your social security number.
  4. If you are at all suspicious simply write down the information, ask for a number that you can call and then call the fraud prevention and detection department yourself.

Welcome to Protect, where we will work to better understand all the challenges pertaining to this topic and explore actions you can take to Protect you, your business and your family.