Are you the victim of identity theft? According to Joanna Crane of the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Program, 80% of the victims who call the FTC say they have no idea how it happened.
Furthermore, an FTC survey reported that 4.6% of those polled reported that they had been a victim of identity theft within the past year. Additionally, according to a recent General Accounting Office report, it is estimated that as many as 750,000 Americans are victims of identity theft every year.
Is this an invisible enemy and are American’s personal and financial information that easily accessible to identity thieves? What can the average American do to protect themselves from these personal attacks on their privacy? Although there are no guarantees, here are five simple steps to help prevent identity theft:
1) Shred private credit card statements, tax documents, bank statements, pre-approved credit card offers or any other documentation with private financial information.
2) If you are inundated with pre-approved credit card offers you can call toll free 1-888-567-8688 to opt out and request to have your name removed from the mailing list....