Identity Theft

Sometimes It’s Beyond Your Control

“We are writing to inform you of a security incident that may have resulted in the disclosure of your personal information.”

When a letter begins with that sentence, it probably contains very little that is good news.  The reason for this letter?  A few years back, I taught at  the local community college.  The class I was teaching was subtitled, “How you can reduce your risk of identity theft”.  Ironic?  You bet.

It was eight months before the approximately 2.5 million people who were affected received notification.  Of course they “regret any inconvenience this may cause you” and they have provided credit monitoring services, but I’m not relying on them.  I’ll follow the advice I taught students and monitor my accounts and place a fraud watch on credit files.

The FTC has published a booklet:  Taking Charge–What To Do If  Your Identity Is Stolen

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0009-taking-charge.pdf


Please Rob Me

Today at a networking group I belong to, the discussion turned to social media and how much personal information some people share on those sites.  This site came across my desk later in the day.  http://pleaserobme.com/

This is from the “Why” page of the site.

“The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home. So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home.”


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Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

How to Protect Your Private Information

Your life is an open book online. It doesn’t have to be.

By MICHAEL TOTTY
January 29, 2007; Page R1

My quote may be at the bottom of the article, but it’s there!

Students in my identity theft classes are always surprised at the amount of information that can be found about them online.

This article gives suggestions about removing information that is available online, but I believe it would be easier to push a car up-hill with a rope.


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