Everywhere you read there are red flags about being more concerned than ever about identity theft; after all, it is tax season!
Just yesterday New Hanover County, NC news headlines contained a request by authorities to find a couple accused of identity theft and credit card fraud… in a spree that started January 21st. The couple had secured cards and information from local credit union members, with activity continuing throughout Jacksonville and Myrtle Beach, SC.
And a few days ago KSTP 5-Eyewitness news reported significant crimes occurring in the Twin Cities: Children’s financial identities are being stolen and parents often don’t know it’s even happened until much later, according to law enforcement. The article referred to a Carnegie Mellon University study identifying that more than 10 percent of the minors experienced another person having used their Social Security number—a rate 51 percent higher than a similar report in 2011.
A big flag went up when I recently read about the influx of identity theft in Albuquerque and police officers recounting an event in 2013 when a young man returned home from work and found his laundry room open and a few high priced items stolen. At first glance, he felt he could deal with that, but… in the ensuing investigation, he found more disconcerting the theft of items from the fire safe hidden in the laundry room! Gone were immunization records, social security card—essentially everything he needed to verify his identity. It actually took him the better part of the week even convincing the investigating officers “he” was the owner of the home. His bank records had been changed, his accounts drained and several other credit cards issued to the thief.
What this tale notes so clearly for Arizona communities is that in the case of identity theft you are victimized twice! Once in the theft and again in having the struggle to reclaim your real identity, undo the damage done by the theft, and tend to the tasks of putting a stop to further criminal actions—often for many years future forward.
Although the home invasion is more personal, the damage done from mail being stolen from your mailbox can be just as bad. It may be inconvenient to use a paid postal box, but that is far better than the horrifying knowledge of just how vulnerable you are to the possibilities of someone walking along the street can grab sufficient information to replace you in life! Protect yourself at all costs; protect your neighbors should you see strange behavior around anyone’s mailbox by calling 242-COPS and download the following PDF for a list of tips and resources. http://bit.ly/2mjs0S3
Making MORE happen for my insurance clients…
Arizona Independent Insurance Agent
Proudly serving her clients and her industry for 30+ years
eurozone | Max Keiser
www.maxkeiser.com640 × 403Search by image