Scam and Identity Theft

By | December 4, 2013

Identity theft is usually associated with scam or fraud, here are some things we can do to avoid this. A lot of people are understandably doubtful and hesitant when it comes to online business. Most of them are wary of the risks involved in doing online deals and transactions. While we agree that doing business or transacting online is not without its risks, there are actually ways of decreasing the risks involved. We’ve taken some of the content found at lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/tests.aspx and present them to you here.

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Did you recently make an online transaction? If so, you’d better check your monthly credit card report for any irregularities. If you do find some irregularities, you need to quickly ascertain what caused those irregularities. You should never rule out the possibility of scam, and to an extent the monthly credit card report could be used as an indicator of whether or not a scam is present.

If you identify any irregularities, you should immediately bring these to the attention of the issuer of the credit card by telephone and in writing. You should also make sure that every charge is correct, and feel comfortable in the knowledge that you are not paying for something you did not order.

This may seem trivial, but you should never disclose your social security or your driver’s license number on your checks. If your checks get into the wrong hands, this would make it easy for criminals to steal your identity. It’s not necessary nor is this advisable to place this information on your personal checks.

To protect your identity from criminals, you should always shred documents containing personal information – it could prove useful if it reaches the wrong hands. It is IMPERATIVE to prevent your personal info from falling into the clutches of criminals.

If you’re transacting via the internet, ensure that the website you’re using is secured. Some websites use lock icons on the bottom of the browser window as part of a system for securing online transactions between your computer and the eCommerce vendor. You can click on the lock icon to view the security certificate. This will ensure that your personal information and payment details are encrypted between your browser and the server. Look for the lock icon on your browser and https:// in the address bar.

As a closing, we can conclude that the underlying factor is the safety of our personal information. We’re unaware at times that we may be inadvertently giving out our personal info through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter etc as well as emails and purchase invoices.

So if it’s at all possible, never disclose your personal info on the web as criminals are very resourceful and would stop at nothing to prey on our carelessness. If you want to learn more about identity theft, you can read about them here : consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft. Remain ever vigilant.

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