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In the United States over the past five years there has been an increase in identity theft. It has actually been one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. There are no signs that a decline of identity theft in the future either.There are ways to help prevent identity theft but most consumers are not aware of them. Safeguarding your personal information is the key to preventing identity theft.
Use of a cross shredder to shred all personal documents that you no longer need in your home. One of the main methods criminals will use to steal a person’s identity is known as dumpster diving. This is where the criminal will get your personal information from your garbage.
A criminal will also use a method known as “vishing”. This is when the criminal will call you on the phone and say that they are someone else such as representative of a company. The person will then have you falsely give your personal information with a promise of something.
Most Americans carry their social security information in their wallets. It is really not necessary and is quite unsafe when it comes to identity theft.This practice is not necessary and is best left somewhere in a locked place.
When surfing on the internet there are two practices that should be followed. The first one is that you should never click on a link within a email.Many malicious programs are out there over the internet and can be used to steal ones personal information. Do not use passwords that contain personal information such as a birthdate or pets name.