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Starting on August 4, 2011 @ 9:00am Pacific Time, we will ask a financial or security trivia question. Respond by answering the question and mentioning @ProtectMyID, as quickly as you can. The 5th eligible person to answer the question correctly will win a year membership to ProtectMyID!
With so many natural disasters in the news, it’s hard to imagine people taking advantage of and even committing crimes against victims, but it does happen. One ProtectMyID member learned this lesson the hard way.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website is a valuable resource. It has a lot of information about many different types of identity theft that we at ProtectMyID want to share with our readers. Once a month, we’ll highlight a news announcement, article, alert, or other item from the FBI website about identity theft so you can learn more about how this crime is perpetrated.
At ProtectMyID, we love hearing from our members. One member, David, recently spoke with me about how pleased he was with the level of service he received from an Identity Theft Resolution Agent. He added that on top of everything else, he's impressed with the level of monitoring he receives since ProtectMyID is backed by Experian. Instead of me re-telling our conversation, let me share his own words:
I was speaking with a friend recently and the conversation turned to work. Of course, when I mentioned identity theft, he began to tell me about his friend’s recent experience with the crime. The story involved theft and an attempt to completely take over this person’s identity. Intrigued, I asked to speak with my friend’s friend. Here’s his story.
The purpose of this blog series is to educate people about the ways that identities are stolen.
Keep in mind, these stories are true (although I have omitted specific details for our members’ protection) and are described by our Identity Theft Resolution Agents. As you read these stories, think about ways that you can protect yourself from identity theft.
As a parent, you worry about the safety of your child. You work to teach them about stranger danger, online threats and to look both ways before crossing the street. There are certain things they can’t do for themselves and one is to know if they’ve been a victim of identity theft. A friend recently […]
In speaking with ProtectMyID's Identity Theft Resolution Agents I hear devastating stories of how identity theft affects the children involved in divorce. In one case, the member found out her ex-husband used their child’s Social Security number when she was notified with a monitoring alert. Her ex had opened up lines of credit and utility accounts under his own child’s Social Security number. On top of that, he left her to clean up the mess by ruining his child’s credit status.
May is here, and so is Older Americans Month. Each year, the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for the month. This year, the theme is “Older Americans: Connecting the Community.” The AoA notes that older Americans bring inspiration and contribute to the fabric of communities. Unfortunately another group – identity thieves – also sees seniors as a valuable asset. However, instead of honoring that, they look to steal what many people have worked decades to build.