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You can be a victim of identity theft and not even know. Thieves may have secured important information about you and are using it without you knowing what they are doing. Upon discovering their unpleasant facts, much damage may already have done. While not responsible for their antics, the aggravation and recurrent pain will pass through the restoration of their good name can be intense. Let's take a look at some ways to stop identity theft today.

Protect your social security number. There are very few people in life that really need to know your social security number. In addition to governmental entities and certain creditors, no one should be asking for the information. If they do, politely refuse, or instruct them to send your request to you in writing.

Telemarketers block.Make sure your phone number is registered on "do not call" record keeping telemarketers at bay. You control your phone i. d. Call to prevent that slip through the loopholes.

Chop it up. Important documents no longer need to be thrown away without going through a shredder first. Buy a unit that shreds paper into small diamonds to ensure that no thief back piece together important information easily and make you a victim of identity theft.

Review your monthly statements. Charging consumers with almost anything, including gas, food, shopping and online shopping can be easy to read through the monthly statements of credit cards without paying attention to each line. The thieves are clever in the hope that it will do just that! Examine each line and respond to anything that does not seem legitimate. If you have a conflict, follow the instructions for your credit card provider in the contest as something that is not good. Generally, in order to maintain your rights, you must file your claim in writing.

Protect your mail. Have a mailbox on the street is an easy way for thieves to climb, pick up your mail, and cruise away. In some neighborhoods, it's just better to use a mailbox, said the robbers rode risk with your mail. If you suspect someone has stolen your mail, notify your local postmaster. The U.S. Postal Service has a team of researchers active in the fight against identity theft through phishing.

Protect your computerBy running programs most current Internet security, regularly updating their passwords different, and only purchasing goods through a secure site. [They are the ones with an "s" on their website: https ], may limit the opportunities for thieves to steal your information.

Order your free credit report. From September 2005, the three major credit reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian and Trans Union - are now required to enable consumers to receive a free copy of your personal credit report each year. Some consumers, in order to stay on top of your credit history, request a copy every 4 months from a different organism. Examine your credit reports closely and take steps to amend all errors.

If you know you are a victim of identity theft, notify your local police department and file a report with them. In addition, contact the 3 credit reporting agencies and request a "fraud alert" on your credit file.

You must take aggressive action to address this widespread problem, and to ensure that his good name and credit history is properly restored. Defending yourself: you can win the battle of identity theft!

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Chris I want to add some more shocking point that, as many as 85 percent of all identity theft victims find out about the crime only when they are denied credit or employment, contacted by the police, or have to deal with collection agencies, credit cards and bills. A study on the aftermath of an identity theft by the non profit Theft Resource Center found that victims spend 600 hours recovering from the crime because they must contact and work with credit card companies, banks, credit bureaus, and law enforcement. This time can add up to as much as $16,000 in lost wages or income.


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Yes, with sharing information like people will be well informed and take steps to protect against their credit cards thus making it difficult for Identity Theft.

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