Saturday, October 01, 2005

Intruder Alert Ezine

Is your Identity REALLY Safe?

(c) Copyright 2003 by Ken Burnett

Here are...Ten Preventative Steps To Help Safeguard Against Identity Theft.

Guard against malicious thieves stealing your identity.

If you receive suspicious billings or items that you don't recognize. Call and investigate them right away with your provider. Try to head of any means of fraud before it can occur.

When you receive financial inquiries or solicitations in the mail ... DON'T just discard them in the trash. Invest in agood crosscut shredder...Don't discard ANY mail solicitations, financial papers, bank statements, invoices, quotes, or any items that may contain information about you or your family members. Don't give would-be thieves an opportunity to gain access to your identity.

Don't give anyone your financial or private information over the telephone unless you initiated the original phone conversation and you can verify the person or organization you're speaking to.

It's sad, but true in today's world. You must be very careful not offer ANYONE your social security number, bankaccount number, credit card number, or any private or financial information over the phone without first properly identifying them. Get their contact phone and call back to verify. Also be careful not to be talking on a cordless or cellular phone....these are NOT secure devices. Anyone with a radio scanner may be able to monitor your conversation!

Protect your ATM cards, Personal Identification Numbers(P.I.N.) Guard against ANYONE gaining possession of any ATM Cards, Charge Cards, and (PIN) Personal IdentificationNumbers. Check that they are always in your control. Keep account numbers, receipts, and contact information in a secure place that's easily accessed by you in the event that your identity information is breached.

Report any lost, stolen, or missing checks immediately to your bank. They can then arrange to block payment on specific check numbers in question. When you receive your checks in the mail, always confirm that none are missing.

Make sure to store cancelled checks in a safe place.

If you receive strange or suspicious inquiries asking for your account information to verify a statement or confirm an award or prize your bank and report this immediately.

Times have changed over the years. It is suggested that you no longer attach outgoing mail to your mailbox for pickup. Instead, deliver it directly to an official Post Office or postal collection box. This is one of the easiest ways a thief can steal your identity.

If you notice that your regular bills have stopped coming, find out why. Call the company to verify. Someone could have filed a false change of address to re-direct your information to his or her address.


By protecting yourself using these simple steps, you can
help prevent would be identity thieves from accessing and gaining your identity.

These days Identity Theft is making HUGE headlines in the News. Always be on guard to detect and prevent any would-be thieves from stealing your Identity. No one wants to suffer malicious damages caused by someone posing as you or cleaning out your bank accounts, running up debt on credit cards, or any number of other unauthorized acts.

These threats are REAL ! Hundreds of thousands of people
are victimized by these crimes every year.

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