After a disaster, new dangers become present in the form of unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of the misfortunes of others. Looting, fraud and identity theft become widespread. How do you protect yourself from identity theft, and your critical paperwork from loss, during and after a disaster?
Deceased relatives are at just as high a risk of identity theft as living ones, if not higher. When your family is in mourning, you may not pay close attention to the financial and personal details of your deceased relative, and unfortunately, many criminals will take advantage of the situation. Here are some easy tips to protect your deceased loved ones from identity theft.
Sharing information with others via social media is common practice and many colleges are using this in the application process to learn more about their candidates. It doesn’t take a PhD to reason that it’s a good idea for all college applicants to do some social media housekeeping. Below are some tips that any student in the midst of the application process should consider.
Everyone over 6 months old should get a flu shot. If you plan to get your flu shot at a pharmacy or another retailer this fall, be sure to safeguard your medical identity, too. Medical identity theft reached an all-time high last year with nearly 2 million people becoming victims in the United States, according to the latest Ponemon Institute Medical Identity Theft survey. If you want to try to avoid becoming a victim, be vigilant with these tips.
Why not make sure your house is safe? Not just from burglars, but from identity thieves too. Refinancing usually involves pulling out many financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs and other records that could mean a big payload for an identity thief. Protect yourself after you refinance by taking the following precautions.
Unfortunately, in many markets, renting an apartment seems more like a competition than a straightforward process. And if that isn’t stressful enough, scammers are planting landmines all along the way. Last week we shared some unusual signs that an ad might be a rental scam. Today, we’ll discuss personal information privacy and safety in the rental application process.