Today’s episode dealt with a scam involving a “fake” theft of a person’s identity. But identity theft is real and is still one of the fastest growing crimes, victimizing millions of Americans each year. With the Internet and so many other avenues to steal our personal information, total protection against ID theft is difficult. But there are some measures you can take to help reduce the risk of identity theft.
Keep your personal information private. Now that may sound like a “no-brainer,” but people still give out personal information, such as Social Security number, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, credit card number, over the phone and online to complete strangers. Don’t do it unless you initiated the call or email or know the people or group. Monitor your accounts. If you feel you are a victim, put a fraud alert on your accounts with the credit bureaus. Report ID fraud. Help us help you.
If you believe you’ve been scammed, report it at postalinspectors.uspis.gov or call us at 877-876-2455.