Articles on Identity Theft, Identity Fraud, Stolen Identity, Credit Protection
Identity theft and/or identity fraud happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your knowledge and permission. ID theft is a serious crime and can wreak havoc with your finances and credit history - and it takes time and money to resolve. According to Insurance Information Institute's 2017 Identity Fraud Study, $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. Over the last six years, identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion.
Even with a slight upward trend in ID theft, we here at Credit Info Center may talk a lot about repairing your credit, but ID theft goes hand-in-hand with credit repair. If you are a victim of ID theft, this can ruin your credit score. The following articles are meant to help you prevent ID theft from happening to you and to help you through it if it does happen to you or a family member.
How to Prevent Identity Theft
- Companies We Recommend For Identity Theft Protection - We have made a list of companies we recommend for credit monitoring and ID theft protection.
- Pros and Cons of Enrolling in Identity Theft Protection - If you are thinking about enrolling in an I.D. theft protection program with a company, weigh the pros and cons first to make sure it is worth your money.
- 11 Ways a Thief Can Steal Your Identity - Ever wonder how ID theft happens? Here are the top ways a thief can make off with your identity.
- Documents You Should Shred - Shredding sensitive documents is one way to prevent identity theft. We have a list of 20 documents you should always shred.
- Child Identity Theft - One of the fastest growing types of theft. Read how to prevent this from happening to your family.
- Medical Identity Theft - This type of theft can go unnoticed for months and months. See how to detect this type of ID theft.
- Shield Your Online Activity and Protect Your Identity - Cybercrime is growing by leaps and bounds. We have tips you can use to shield your online activity from prying eyes.
- Picking Strong Passwords Deters Theft - We have passwords for everything and sometimes we use ones that are too easy to hack. Learn how to pick strong passwords for online protection.
- Identity Theft Statistics - See the recent statistics on identity theft and identity fraud.
- Debit Card Data Theft at ATMs - Thieves are stealing debit card data at ATMs and this type of identity theft is on the rise. Learn how to prevent yourself from becoming the next victim.
What to do if You are a Victim of Identity Theft
- Steps to Take if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft - If someone has stolen your identity, here are steps you need to take immediately to protect yourself from further damages.
- A Woeful Tale of a Waylaid Wallet - It never fails, at some point in your life your wallet will be stolen. Here is what to do it this happens to you.
- Identity Theft Among Family Members - Surprisingly, this is an all too common occurrence. Take these steps to protect your credit if a family member steals your identity.
How to Protect Your Credit
- Protect Your Credit From Identity Theft - Don't become another statistic - be proactive and learn how to protect your credit and your identity from thieves.
- Credit Card Protection When Shopping Online - We have some easy guidelines to follow when making purchases over the Internet. These tips will protect your credit card information from identity thieves.
- What is Phishing? - A common type of cyber scam is that of phishing. Not sure what it is? Be sure to read this article so you do not become of victim of cyber phishing.
- Information You Should Never Share on Social Media Sites - Sharing too much financial or personal information on social media outlets is a recipe for ID theft. Learn what not to post on to your social media page.
- How to Remove Fraudulent Accounts - If you are a victim of identity fraud, chances are you will find credit accounts opened up in your name. Learn how to remove these fraudulent credit accounts from your credit files.