Protect yourself against identity theft

protect yourself against identity theft

Learn How to Protect Your Identity

Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS
Our personal information is everywhere. So are fraudsters.
Today, we’re all more connected than ever. Our personal information is in the hands of the government, social media sites, merchants, employers, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, and virtually anyone with whom we have a relationship. And as identity security technology advances, so does the intelligence and technology of those seeking to access it maliciously.

Identity theft is more than just an inconvenience.
It’s ugly. It’s emotionally and financially draining, and it’s a problem that can rapidly spiral out of control. Identity thieves steal your most personal information: your social security number, your financial and bank account information, essentially your entire digital footprint. It’s not only a total invasion of your privacy; it’s also a tremendous inconvenience, stealing hours and hours of your time to resolve.

If you have a social security number, you are at risk.
Identity theft can happen at anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Everyone is at risk, even children under 18 years old.

Tax identity theft
Tax identity theft usually occurs in the form of a criminal using your social security number to file your tax return before you do, and then walking away with your refund check. Most people don’t know they’re victims of tax identity theft until they file their own tax returns and the IRS rejects them.

The Rise of Medical Identity Theft
A vicious type of identity theft is on the rise: medical identity. It occurs when someone steals your personal information to receive free medical care, goods, or prescription drugs. Medical identities are 20 to 50 times more valuable to criminals than financial identities. That may explain why approximately 1.5 healthcare data breaches occur each week on average.

What happens if you become a medical ID theft victim.
Medical identity theft can result in inaccuracies in medical records and costly false claims. It can also have life-threatening consequences. If a thief’s health information is mixed with your medical records, it can lead to a misdiagnosis or mistreatment. Misinformation in your records can plague your medical and financial well-being for years.

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