How safe is your identity?
Don’t wait until it’s been stolen to find out.
One of the fastest growing crimes, an estimated 12.6 million U.S. adults were victims of identity fraud in 2012. It can ruin your reputation, destroy your credit, and cost you thousands of dollars and many hours to resolve. Are you safe?
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Keeping tabs on the “real world” you and the “digital” you
Great credit takes time to establish. Unfortunately, identity theft can unravel all that effort in a very short period of time. Monitoring your Credit Report can reveal unauthorized activity and, if trouble does find you, it’s important to know what steps to take immediately to prevent further damage.
Yes! Credit Matters: Medical Identity Theft—The New Threat
It's a terrible feeling to receive a collection letter or past due bill because someone else used your stolen health insurance information to obtain medical care. Unfortunately, this scenario is more common than you would think—nearly 1.5 million Americans are affected by medical identity theft each year. Even worse, is that medical identity theft often goes undiscovered for a year or more, and can cost over $20,000 to resolve. Find out how to protect yourself, today!
Yes! Credit Matters: Hide Your Kids…from Identity Theft
Did you know that thieves are targeting children’s unused Social Security numbers? Since their SSN’s are easily accessible on medical and school records, library cards and more, it’s no wonder thieves are having a field day racking up thousands in debt that will never be paid. What makes this crime so devastating is the fact that it can go undetected until your child is old enough to start applying for college loans. By then, your child’s credit is ruined! Learn what you can do to keep your family safe.
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Types of questions you'll see:
- What if I pay off that card?
- What if I apply for a loan?
- What if I have a late payment?
Question: What is Identity Theft?
Answer: It's when someone uses your information, be it your name, account number, driver's license, health insurance card, or Social Security Number, to commit theft. Thieves then use this information to get fraudulent loans, credit cards, among other things. It can take victims thousands of dollars and a number of years to recover from it.
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Making Good Credit Decisions
Posted on October 18, 2013
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