Scam artists are constantly finding new ways to steal your identity and take your money. Here are some steps you can take this year to make their job more difficult.
* Protect your computer. Internet scams are the fastest growing type of fraud. Start your protection by installing software to guard against viruses, spyware, and other malicious bugs. These can be used to steal your personal data or… direct you to bogus websites. Remember to update your protection regularly.
* Clean out your wallet or purse. Make sure you’re not carrying PIN numbers for debit or credit cards written on a scrap of paper. If you do, anyone stealing your wallet will have open access to your accounts. Sign all your cards. Don’t carry your social security card with you.
* Delete all spam e-mails immediately, preferably without opening them. Never click on an attachment or follow a link to a Web page unless you know the sender. List your telephone number on the national “do not call” list. If a telephone solicitor calls, ask to be put on their “do not call” list and then hang up.
* Obtain a free copy of your credit report.
For more information, please contact the office.
Tags: Identity Theft
Written by: Doug Rodrigues