October National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month helps raise awareness about cybersecurity including identity theft.
The Warning Signs of Identity Theft #CyberAware
I have heard that sometimes people who have become victims to identity theft feel like they were the last to know about it.
That’s because we don’t always know to look for the warning signs that identity theft has occurred. The warning signs are more likely alert you to the possibility of the theft more than anything else since they can be an indication that the crime has occurred.
The FTC says that once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance. An identity thief can file a tax refund in your name and get your refund. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.
I have heard that it is important to check every credit statement.
Most of us look for the large charges that may be suspicious. However, sometimes it could be the small charges that matter. This is because many thieve will test your credit card number by making a small purchase and if it works for them, they will move on to the larger ones.
FTC Clues That Someone Has Stolen Your Information
If your wallet, Social Security number, or other personal information is lost or stolen, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.
What to do if you suspect that you have become a victim of identity theft:
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