Identity Theft Protection

Identity theft affects everyone.  It's so pervasive that even children are having their identities stolen before they are of legal age.  Whether you have or haven't been victimized, taking some precautionary steps and always being vigilant, you can reduce the likelihood of being victimized or experiencing repeating problems.  

Be VIGILANT with your email

Email is the the most exploited path to get to you.  Email is a tool that fraudsters commonly use to create compelling language that can fool the most savvy users.

Dont click links from unsolicited email

Never click on links in email messages that arrived unsolicited.  For example, if you receive an email from your bank requesting you to log in to your account, this should raise red flags.  Any email that is asking for personally identifiable information (PII) is a definite warning.

exceptions

If you are expecting an email, this is okay because you know that you were expecting this message to perform an action such as resetting your account or signing up for a service.  If you also receive newsletters and advertisements on a regularly, you are probably okay but try to make a habit of checking the links.

There are a number of ways to do this:

  1. Hover over the link and look at the status bar in your browser.  Ensure that the link in the message is a recognizable address.  For example, your bank should not have a link to pointing to a foreign country code such as .ru (Russia) or .ua (Ukraine).
  2. On a tablet or smart phone, simply keep your finger pressed on the link and take a look at the hyperlink.