Skilled Thieves Want Your Identity. Are You Safe?
Released on = November 11, 2005, 9:08 am
Press Release Author = David Stuart / ABC Office
Industry = Retail
Press Release Summary = How can you protect yourself against one of the fastest
growing crimes in America?
Press Release Body = KAYSVILLE, Utah, November 11, 2005 – Chances are that you know
somebody who has had their identity stolen, and you may even be a victim yourself.
Mail, receipts, credit cards and other forms of personal information are just a few
of the items that could be stolen. Criminals can take personal information from a
credit card statement, receipt, bank printout and other sources to open a bank
account in your name, apply for credit cards, create forged checks, file for
bankruptcy and more.
ABC Office recommends that you prepare for and recognize certain risk areas where
your information may not be secure. There are a few everyday things you can do to
thwart these thieves and make yourself less of a target.
Mail is an easy target. If you have an unsecured mailbox, you may want to consider
using a secure post office box. If you have an unlocked mailbox outside your house,
you can contact the U.S. Postal Service and request a vacation hold. It is also a
good idea to pick new checks up from the bank than have them delivered to a mailbox.
It is recommended that you not carry your Social Security card in your purse or
wallet. If lost or stolen, this card makes it easy to steal your identity. A wallet
or purse can also carry other personal information. Only carry what you need. If you
keep credit cards in your wallet or purse, only take what you will need for the day.
Be sure to keep your wallet or purse in a safe location and try not to keep
sensitive information inside.
Be careful who you give your personal information to. You may be faced with a
situation where you are required to give information over the phone, through mail or
over the Internet. This information can include your Social Security Number (SSN),
birth date, account numbers, mother’s maiden name and more. Only deal with
organizations you consider legitimate. You will only want to give this information
if you have initiated contact. Thieves have been known to pose as bank
representatives, medical officials, government agencies, credit card companies and
Shredding documents is one of the most important ways you can prevent identity
theft. The Federal Trade Commission states, “To thwart a thief who may pick through
your trash or recycling bins to capture your personal information, tear or shred
your charge receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician
statements, checks and bank statements, expired credit or charge cards that you’re
discarding, and credit offers you get in the mail.”
If you feel you have become a victim of identity theft, you can contact the FTC for
information on what to do. You can find a step-by-step guide on what to do by going
here: http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/. They also have some great ideas on
protecting yourself against computer ID theft as well. You can also read ABC
Office’s fraud prevention guide by going here: http://www.abcoffice.com/fraud.htm.
For information about a paper shredder that may work for you, call toll-free
(1-800-658-8788) Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. MST. A
knowledgeable customer service representative can then assist with answering
questions regarding shredders.
For further information, please contact David Stuart, Marketing Supervisor of ABC
Office, 1-800-658-8788, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Site = http://www.officezone.com
Contact Details = ABC Office
P.O. Box 829
Kaysville, UT 84037
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