Posts in ‘Identity Theft’
Active duty military personnel are constantly preparing for deployment and their known absence makes them targets for identity theft. It’s imperative that in addition to preparing for the challenges involved in protecting others that they also prepare for their deployment when it comes to protecting their own identity.
ProtectMyID works to alert its members to identify theft indicators and our specially-trained Identity Theft Resolution Agents are on-hand to help our members minimize the impact of compromised accounts and to recover from identity theft. If you need to know the key steps to take if you are the victim of identity theft, the FTC offers these recommendations.
From the very beginning of your financial life, and all the way through to the end, invest in an identity protection program. Protecting your identity is not just about you. A healthy and accurate identity from a credit perspective can shape the lives of you and your family members and provide comfort and peace of mind in your retirement years.
Recently we’ve seen an influx of news on the amount of identity theft that has occurred involving the deceased. The vast number of cases fall into a couple scenarios. One way identity thieves are committing the crime is by harvesting information from those known to be deceased. Another way is by creating synthetic identities which then become associated with a deceased person.
United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the unsealing of a 15-count indictment charging Allen Gregory Schleicher, a/k/a Gregory Klonowski, (49, Ruskin) with 10 counts of mail fraud, four counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Schleicher faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each mail fraud charge, 10 years in federal prison for each money laundering charge, and two years in federal prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the aggravated identity theft charge.
We’ve been talking about social media and identity theft at ProtectMyID for years and are glad that media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are now covering this topic, too. One recent WSJ piece on the aforementioned subject cited recent studies that show an increase in identity theft in 2011, noting that one of the factors is the vast wealth of information people share on their social media accounts.
In this day and age, many of us have storage units…and many of us couldn’t tell you what is in them. Recently, I was talking with a friend who mentioned that she had gone to her storage unit to get her Social Security card. It was just a causal mention but it set off alarm bells in my head: What other documents did she keep in her storage unit? Did she find her card? Were her sensitive documents and cards in a safe within her storage unit?